Buhari Condemns Burkina Faso Coup

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the coup d’etat and subsequent detention of the interim President, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the transitional government of Burkina Faso.

In a statement by the presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari stated that Nigeria in line with the position of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations rejected the rape of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere.

Buhari urged the Defense and Security Forces of Burkina Faso to work towards returning the country to full democratic rule through the elections which were scheduled to hold in the country on October 11. He disclosed that Nigeria has already donated 20 pick-up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso.

He lauded the release of the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando but also demanded the immediate release of Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other detained ministers.

The president said Nigeria will fully support ongoing efforts by the ECOWAS mediatory team of Senegal’s President Macky Sall and President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic to quickly restore Burkina Faso to the path of order, democracy and constitutionalism.

He also urged the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and steadfast in support of the transitional order, elections and democratic governance. He assured them that Nigeria, ECOWAS and the international community will uphold their right to peace, freedom, democracy and good governance.

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