President Muhammadu Buhari has joined American President Barrack Obama and other world leaders in vehemently condemning Friday’s failed coup attempt in Turkey by a group of rebel army officers and men, which resulted in the reported death of more than 100 people.
Reacting to the tragic events in Ankara, Istanbul and other centres, President Buhari said he was “deeply saddened by reports of a violent attempt to dismantle constitutional authority and disrupt the democratically elected government of Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey”.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, quoted Buhari as saying that “The removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable. Violence can never solve any problem but only complicates them and sets back the progress of democratic societies”.
Mr. Buhari also noted that President Erdogan was one of Nigeria’s close international partners and sincere supporters in its current war against terrorism, adding that all should resist the “destabilization of democratic countries through coups d’état in the 21st century”.
According to the Nigerian president, “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”.
To the ordinary citizens of Turkey, who defied the rebel soldiers and forced them to abandon their mad quest for power, President Buhari praised their courage and immediate response in the face of guns and tanks.
President Buhari further urged his Turkish counterpart to pursue reconciliation and offered Nigeria’s support to the government and people of Turkey in their hour of trial.