Nigeria condems coup attempt in Ghana

Timothy Choji, Abuja 

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Sequel to reports of a botched coup in Ghana, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the action of the military in Ghana.

The President, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Wednesday, the Nigerian leader stressed that democracy is only acceptable form of government.

He said: “Following the announcement of the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued the following statement:

“Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afrobarometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption. When you take on powerful and corrupt vested interests successfully, sometimes they seek to push back.  As the saying goes, ‘if you fight corruption, corruption will fight back.”

“The only acceptable form of governance in our region in this 21st century is through democratic elections. It is the only way to install – and the only way to change – an administration. The days of coups and government without votes are over.

“All Africans hold the nation of Ghana in the highest esteem as the first post-colonial country to gain independence, and the first African country to hold multi-party elections by universal suffrage. Ghana is the first, true African democracy.

“We in Nigeria hold out – as always – our hands in support and friendship to our brothers and sisters in Ghana.”

Security agencies on Wednesday foiled attempted coup targeted at destabilising government in Ghana.

Already three persons linked to the plan have been detained and are being questioned.