Buhari Calls for Respect of Democracy in Gabon


Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja called for respect for the constitutional government in Gabon, an oil-rich West-central African country.

Buhari, according to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, was reacting to reports of attempted military take-over in Gabon last Monday.

Buhari was quoted as saying that democracy is supreme, adding that peaceful change must be respected.

“The military officers in Gabon should understand that the era of military coups and governments in Africa and indeed worldwide is long gone.

“Democracy is supreme and the constitutional stipulations on the peaceful change of administration must be respected. That is the only way we can ensure peace and stability not only within the country but also in the region, he said:”

Shehu said Buhari, who is also the ECOWAS Chairman, urged military officers with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role.

The statement added that Buhari enjoined the people of Gabon to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy in their country.