The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on the Republic of Gabon to immediately return to constitutional order and restore trust and confidence to the electorate in the country.

In a statement issued through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed by the spokesperson, Francisca Omayuli on Monday, 4th September 2023.

Said the FG has observed with concern the unfolding political developments in the Republic of Gabon, following the coup d’etat that ousted the Administration of President Ali Ondimba on 30th August 2023, as well as the inauguration of the Commandant In-Chief of the Gabonese Republican Guard, Gen. Brice Nguema as Chairman of the Ruling Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) on Monday, 4th September 2023.

Adding that there was no such Transition, hence, the situation in the country could increase dissatisfaction among the political class.

The coup d’etat in Gabon is therefore, one coup too many in Africa and it is unacceptable at a time when Africa is aspiring to consolidate on democracy and democratic principles for the attainment of United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to partnering with other democratically elected governments in Africa to sanction perpetrators of unconstitutional change of government in line with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ADC) until democracy is given the chance to thrive in every African country for the good of its peoples

It advises the Gabonese to consider returning to democratic government stressing that Coups only serve to compound the perceived problems rather than address them.

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