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President Tinubu condemns Gabon coup; says rule of Law must not perish in Africa

President Bola Tinubu has expressed his deep concern over the political situation in Gabon and the socio-political stability in that country.

A group of Gabonese military officers appeared on television announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime” and canceling an election in which President Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner.

While speaking to State House correspondents today, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, expressed Tinubu’s belief that the rule of law and a faithful recourse to the constitutional resolution of electoral disputes must not be allowed to perish in Africa.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is watching developments in Gabon very closely with deep concern for the country’s sociopolitical stability and the seeming autocratic contagion apparently spreading across different regions of our beloved continent.

The president, as a man who has made significant personal sacrifices in his own life, in the cause of advancing and defending democracy, has the unwavering belief that power belongs in the hands of Africa’s great people, and not in the barrel of a loaded gun.”

Ngelale added that Tinubu affirmed that “the rule of law and a faithful recourse to constitutional resolutions and instruments of electoral dispute resolution must not at any time be allowed to perish from our great continent”.

He added that President Tinubu is “working very closely and continuing to communicate with other heads of state in the African Union towards a comprehensive consensus on the next steps forward with respect to how the crisis in Gabon will play out into how the continent will respond to the contagion of autocracy we are seeing spread across our continent”.

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