President Bola Tinubu has expressed his deep concern over the military coup in Gabon with the takeover of government by the military.
The president lamented the sociopolitical stability of the oil-rich Central African country and what looks like an autocratic contagion spreading across different regions in the African continent.
This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, while speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday.
He expressed Tinubu’s belief that the rule of law and a faithful recourse to the constitutional resolution of electoral disputes must not be allowed to perish in Africa.
He said, “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is watching developments in Gabon very closely with deep concern for the country’s sociopolitical stability and the seeming autocratic contagion apparently spreading across different regions of our beloved continent
“The President, as a man who has made significant personal sacrifices in his own life, in the cause of advancing and defending democracy, has all of the unwavering belief that power belongs in the hands of Africa’s great people, and not in the barrel of a loaded gun.”
The reaction from Tinubu is coming a few hours after a group of Gabonese military officers appeared on television Wednesday announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime” and cancelling an election that President Ali Bongo Ondimba won.
This is also coming about a month after the Economic Community of West African State and the African Union began to battle with the crisis in Niger Republic as a result of the forceful takeover of government by the military, from President Mohamed Bazoum.