Former Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that he and his family are shocked over the latest turn of events in Niger Republic which has seen the overthrow of the country President, Mohamed Bazoum.
Republic of Niger came into the news on Wednesday as military juntas blocked the country’s presidential palace and seized power from President Bazoum.
Buhari had in the twilight of his administration boasted about how he would run to Niger Republic to have his “peace” should he be disturbed by Nigerians in Daura, Katsina State.
Reacting to the coup, Buhari on Twitter on Friday wrote, “As to be expected, I, like millions of other Nigerians, am shocked by the latest turn of events in Niger Republic. Concerns have been raised about the fate of democracy as a system of government in the country and in the wider sub-region, and equally so, about the safety of President Mohammed Bazoum and his family.
“I and my family are as much concerned about these as is everyone else. It is heartening to note that the ECOWAS, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is already dealing effectively with the matter, and our hope and prayers are that the unwanted situation will be completely reversed, and the safety and wellbeing of President Bazoum and his family ensured.”
It was earlier on Friday reported that the United States of America Vice President, Kamala Harris, spoke to President Bola Tinubu to discuss how to defend West Africa and Sahel democracy.
Harris, who confirmed the call on her Twitter handle on Friday said she also discussed ties between Nigerians and Americans, shared work on global and regional issues and how to promote digital inclusion and economic growth.
Harris had said, “Today, I spoke with President Tinubu of Nigeria about the strong ties between the Nigerian and American people and our shared work on global and regional issues—from defending democracy in West Africa and the Sahel to promoting digital inclusion and economic growth.”
Nigeria’s President Tinubu who is currently the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the US and many other countries across the world have condemned the Niger coup, while there have been expression of fear that the successful coup in Niger could expand the reach of Islamic extremism and Wagner in West Africa.