President Bola Tinubu has expressed his deep concern over the political situation in Gabon and the socio-political stability in that country.
Tinubu’s response came after a group of Gabonese military officials declared they were “putting an end to the current regime” and annulling an election that, according to official results, President Ali Bongo Ondimba won on Wednesday.
Tinubu’s opinion that the rule of law and a faithful recourse to the constitutional resolution of election issues must not be allowed to expire in Africa was voiced by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Advisor to the President on Media and Publicity, in a conversation with State House media.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is watching developments in Gabon very closely with deep concern for the country’s sociopolitical stability and the seeming autocratic contagion apparently spreading across different regions of our beloved continent,” the statement from the president said.
“The president has all of the unwavering belief that power belongs in the hands of Africa’s great people, and not in the barrel of a loaded gun,” says the man who has made major personal sacrifices in his own life for the cause of advancing and safeguarding democracy
Ngelale continued by quoting Tinubu as saying, “The rule of law and a faithful recourse to constitutional resolutions and instruments of electoral dispute resolution must never at any time be allowed to perish from our great continent.”
The President is, in his words, “working very closely and continuing to communicate with other heads of state in the African Union towards a comprehensive consensus on the next steps forward with respect to how the crisis in Gabon will play out into how the continent will respond to the contagion of autocracy we are seeing spread across our continent.”