Coups no longer ac­cept­able — Buhari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has cau­tioned that the re­moval of any demo­cratic gov­ern­ment by force is no longer ac­cept­able.

Ac­cord­ing to him, vi­o­lence can never solve prob­lems, rather, it com­pli­cates them and re­tards the progress of demo­cratic so­ci­eties.

He, there­fore, called on all stake­hold­ers to re­sist the desta­bil­i­sa­tion of demo­cratic coun­tries through coups d’état.

His Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mal­lam Garba Shehu, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, quoted him over the failed coup in Turkey.

He added: “Democ­racy pro­vides peace­ful op­tions of chang­ing gov­ern­ments through the bal­lot box. The bal­lot box doesn’t re­quire vi­o­lence to re­move any gov­ern­ment per­ceived to have lost its pop­u­lar­ity and pub­lic sup­port. De­spite its lim­i­ta­tions, democ­racy is still bet­ter and more durable than a vi­o­lent change of gov­ern­ment.”

Buhari con­grat­u­lated Turk­ish Pres­i­dent, Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, for sur­viv­ing the putsch.

The pres­i­dent de­scribed Er­do­gan as one of Nige­ria’s close in­ter­na­tional part­ners and sin­cere sup­port­ers in her cur­rent war against ter­ror­ism.

Buhari praised the courage and im­me­di­ate re­sponse of or­di­nary Turk­ish cit­i­zens, who in face of guns and tanks, de­fied the rebel sol­diers and forced them to aban­don their “mad quest for power.”

Buhari, who urged Er­do­gan to pur­sue rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, of­fered Nige­ria’s sup­port to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Turkey in their hour of trial.

Photo: NAN

Com­man­dant, Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps, Edo Com­mand, Mr Wal­ter Akubuiroh (right), show­ing adul­ter­ated diesel, con­cealed in nylon bag seized by the com­mand in Edo yes­ter­day.

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