Nigeria: Ruling party hails ECOWAS, Pres. Buhari on Burkina Faso

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its role in the restoration of the transitional order in Burkina Faso, following the 17 Sept. coup d'etat that removed the country's Interim Government.

In a statement issued in Lagos Thursday, APC's spokesman Lai Mohammed said the regional bloc's insistence on the strict adherence to its Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, which has zero tolerance for power obtained by unconstitutional means, ''is a positive development for democracy, peace and stability in West Africa''.

APC hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for ''adding another feather to his diplomatic cap'' by hosting the Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Tuesday that took the unequivocal decision to reinstate Interim President Michel Kafando.

''In condemning the coup d'etat in Burkina Faso, President Buhari left no one in doubt about Nigeria's stand. He made it clear, in the statement that was issued on Sept. 18th 2015, that Nigeria will 'give the fullest possible support to efforts by the ECOWAS mediatory team of President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic to quickly restore Burkina Faso to the path of order, democracy and constitutionalism'.

''Also in that statement, President Buhari urged the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and steadfast in support of the transitional order, elections and democratic governance with the full assurance that Nigeria, ECOWAS and the international community will uphold their right to peace, freedom, democracy and good governance.

''This very impressive role by President Buhari has gone a long way in restoring Nigeria's ebbing leadership role in the West African sub-region in particular and the African region in general,'' the party said.

It described as ''victory for peace and democracy'' the reinstatement of the Interim Government of Burkina Faso and the relinquishing of power by the putschists without a major military confrontation that would have further destabilized the fragile country and caused needless destruction and deaths.
-0- PANA SEG 24Sept2015

24 september 2015 15:39:41




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