Video: Nigeria's President Reacts to Gabon Military Coup, Opens Talks With AU, World Leaders

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said he is communicating with world leaders on issues related to the crisis in Niger Republic and the unfolding situation in Gabon while watching closely with deep concern for the country’s social-political stability and at the seeming autocratic contention apparently spreading across different regions of the African continent.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale said the President as a man who has made significant, personal sacrifices in his own life in the course of advancing and defending democracy is of the unwavering belief that power belongs in the hands of Africa’s great people and not in the barrel of a loaded gun.

This is coming hours after Gabonese army officers under the aegis of the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions announced on national television they had overthrown the government of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba who has been in power for 14 years, hours after he had been declared the victor in Saturday’s elections.

They said the vote results had been canceled and all the institutions of the republic dissolved.

President Bola Tinubu has had a conversation with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, where the two heads of state mutually agreed that the promotion and protection of constitutional democratic governance on the continent remains a paramount priority.

The military coup leaders have said Bongo’s son and close adviser, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, his chief of staff, Ian Ghislain Ngoulou, as well as his deputy, two other presidential advisers, and the two top officials in the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party have been arrested.

They are accused of treason, embezzlement, corruption, and falsifying the president’s signature, among other allegations. END!!!!

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