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Buhari flays Turkey coup, says military rule no longer fashionable

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos 

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other world leaders in vehemently condemning the abortive coup attempt in Turkey by a group of rebel army officers and men. 

Reacting to the events in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that he was deeply saddened by reports of a violent attempt to dismantle constitutional authority and disrupt the democratically elected government of Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. 

“The removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable. Violence can never solve any problem but only complicates them and sets back the progress of democratic societies.” He said 

He also noted that President Erdogan is one of Nigeria’s close international partners and sincere supporters in its current war against terrorism, adding that all should resist  the “destabilization of democratic countries through coups d’état  in the 21st century.” 

Democracy, he said, provided peaceful options of changing governments through the ballot box. 

He said: “The ballot box doesn’t require violence to remove any government perceived to have lost its popularity and public support. 

“Despite its limitations, democracy is still better and more durable than a violent change of government.” He added 

The President praises the courage and immediate response of ordinary citizens who in face of guns and tanks defied the rebel soldiers and forced them to abandon their mad quest for power. 

President Buhari called on the President of Turkey to pursue reconciliation and offer Nigeria’s support to the government and people of Turkey in their hour of trial.

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