President Bola Tinubu has reacted to the latest coup in Gabon, where President Ali Bongo has been ousted and placed under house arrest.
Recall that some military personnel had hinged their plot to seize power from Bongo on what they termed as observed flaws in the recent general election in the central African country.
The officers had also admitted that the organisation of the general elections of August 26, 2023, did not meet the conditions for a transparent, credible and inclusive ballot so much hoped for by the people of Gabon, citing irresponsible and unpredictable governance, resulting in a continuing deterioration in social cohesion, with the risk of leading the country into chaos.
However, reacting on behalf of President Tinubu today, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale said the presidency is watching closely with deep concern the seeming autocratic contention apparently spreading across different regions of the African continent.
Ngelale also noted that the President, as a man who has made significant personal sacrifices in his 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.