Thursday, 18 May 2017

Obasanjo vows to resist coup in Cote d’Ivoire, other Africa countries

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has ​stated that he would rally round to ensure no coup against civilian governments in Africa succeeds.

He, therefore, ​called on the Ivorien army which ​has​ mutinied against the ​government​ ​to support President Alassane Ouattara in his efforts to develop Cote d’Ivoire.‎

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, ​had in his reaction on Wednesday, condemned ​the development ​in strong terms​.​

​In a statement he signed and issued to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, Obasanjo noted that the mutiny over alleged delay in payment of their salaries was unfortunate.

Obasanjo observed that various governments within the West African sub region were making efforts to maintain peace and security in their countries to enhance development and progress.

He said that any act capable of jeopardising peace and security in the sub region should ​be resisted​.

“To this end therefore, nothing must be done to reverse the progress so far made by the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire under President Alassane Ouattara,’’ Obasanjo said.

The former Nigerian president urged the military in Cote d’Ivoire to act within the code of good conduct and military discipline.

“While as a former comrade of those soldiers, I wish that they have their required bonuses and enhanced wages, but as military men, they must act within the code of good conduct and military discipline’’, he added.‎

Obasanjo, however, urged the government of Cote d’Ivoire to attend to the complaints of the agitated soldiers to ensure peace in the country.

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