Coup

Muhammadu Buhari - Nigeria Politics News Headlines

The Presidency at the weekend in Abuja reacted to calls for revolutionary protests slated for day by Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, saying the days of coups and revolution are long gone. A statement by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, described organisers of the protest as “faceless,” challenging them to come out of their hiding and reveal their identities. The presidency, according to the statement, said President Muhammad Buhari had respect for the rights of citizens to protest, but described organisers of the protests as individuals merely seeking to attain power by violent and undemocratic means, emphasising that the ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government. Furthermore, the statement said the president was reelected through the ballot box only six months ago, and the results of the elections were affirmed by international observers while those who disagree with the outcome are still contesting it in the court. “Less than six months ago, Nigeria held simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Both contests were won resoundingly by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All-Progressives Congress party. The campaign was observed, and results were confirmed by international election monitoring groups and observers. The result was even contested by the losing presidential candidate and his party in Court. “The ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria. The days of coups and revolutions are over. Those making the ‘revolution’ call hide behind the veil ofContinue reading

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Ambachew Mekonnen - Ethiopia News

Ethiopia’s army chief of staff and the regional president of the northern state of Amhara were killed in two related attacks when a general tried to seize control of Amhara in an attempted coup, the prime minister’s office said on Sunday. Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his advisor were shot dead and the state’s attorney general was wounded in Amhara’s capital of Bahir Dar on Saturday evening, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In a separate attack the same night, Ethiopia’s army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen and another retired general were shot dead in Seare’s home in Addis Ababa by his bodyguard. The two attacks were linked, the statement said, without giving details. Abiy’s office named Amhara state security head General Asamnew Tsige as responsible for the foiled coup, without giving details of his whereabouts. Asamnew was released from prison last year, having been given an amnesty for a similar coup attempt, according to media reports. Abiy took office just over a year ago and embarked on unprecedented reforms in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies. But the premier’s shake-up of the military and intelligence services has earned him powerful enemies, while his government is struggling to rein in powerful figures in Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups fighting the federal government and each other for greater influence and resources. The shooting in Bahir Dar occurred when the state president – an ally of Abiy – was holding aContinue reading

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