The Nigerian government has condemned the coup d’etat in Burkina Faso, which has led to an upstage of power by the military.
The move came after recent developments indicated that President Marc Christian Kabore and several members of his cabinet were being detained illegally after the news broke out earlier this week. The West African giants also demanded for the immediate release and restoration of power to the status quo ante.
According to a comprehensive statement read out by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson – Mrs. Francisca Omayuli, the move was highly unconstitutional and also negates ECOWAS efforts of maintaining peace in the West Africa region.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with grave concern, reports of a coup d’état in the Republic of Burkina Faso.
“Nigeria strongly condemns the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Roch Marc Kabore and his detention.
“This unfortunate development not only subverts the constitutional order of the country, but also seeks to further destabilise the peace efforts in the ECOWAS sub-region.
“This unconstitutional change of government is unacceptable. Nigeria, therefore, calls for the immediate release of President Marc Christian Kabore and other members of his government being detained, as well as an immediate return to the status quo ante.”
The move by the Nigerian government is seen as an official response to the announcement made by the Nation’s military force on the illegal seizing of power, through a live broadcast on Monday.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be expected to release a statement in ardent response to the coup in Burkina Faso; with needed sanctions to follow in a move to hand power back to the country’s rightful authorities in the coming days.