Nigeria: Nigeria condemns mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, urges restraint

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government on Wednesday condemned, “in strong terms”, the recent developments in Cote d’Ivoire in which a small fraction of the country’s Armed Forces mutinied against the Government.

In a statement issued by the Office of Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, it expressed “strong and unflinching support” for the Government of President Alhassan Ouattara and welcomed ongoing efforts at resolving the crisis.

According to the statement, signed by the Acting President’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, “the Federal Government urges the parties to the crisis to exercise maximum restraint, remain calm and continue with dialogue and negotiations with the Government of President Ouattara.

“Nigeria also urges the mutineers to return to their barracks and to refrain from any action capable of undermining the peace, security and democracy in the country. The Federal Government further urges the people of Cote d’Ivoire to remain steadfast in their support for the Government and to refrain from giving support to the mutineers in the overall interest of peace, tranquillity, good order and prosperity of the country.”

Mr Akande stated that “in the light of these, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had been engaged in phone discussions with the Ivorian President and the President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is also the current ECOWAS Chairperson, seeking ways towards a peaceful resolution.

In a series of conversations with both Presidents since Monday, Prof. Osinbajo expressed Nigeria’s support for the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire, and also for the sustenance of peace, security and democracy in the country.

Osinbajo also noted the readiness of the Federal Government to work with ECOWAS and West African leaders to pursue a quick resolution of the situation.
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17 may 2017 14:53:50

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