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“The removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable” – President Buhari Condemns #TurkeyCoupAttempt

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President BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has reproved attempts by a group of army officers and men in Turkey who staged an abortive coup in the country on Friday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the president expressed concern about reports of a violent attempt to disrupt the democratically elected government of President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

“The removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable.

Violence can never solve any problem but only complicates them and sets back the progress of democratic societies.

Democracy provides peaceful options of changing governments through the ballot box.

The ballot box doesn’t require violence to remove any government perceived to have lost its popularity and public support.

In spite of its limitations, democracy is still better and more durable than a violent change of government,” the president said in the statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

According to the president, the tragic events in Ankara, Istanbul and other centres, where more than 260 people lost their lives, are worrisome.

The president observed that Erdogan “is one of Nigeria’s close international partners and sincere supporters in its current war against terrorism”.

He commended the courage and immediate response of ordinary citizens, who, he said, in the face of guns and tanks, defied the rebels and forced them to abandon inappropriate quest for power.

He also called on Erdogan to pursue reconciliation, restating Nigeria’s support to the government and people of Turkey.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

37 Comments

  1. Psalm 2.

    July 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Have you heard what 200 muslim youths did to a church and its priest and security guard in Niger state?

    Have you heard about Evangelist Eunice? Late Evangelist Mrs. in Kubwa in Abuja? It happened shortly after being warned and threatened by the people at the mosque behind her house, after that a visit when only she and her son were home, from a man who said he was an imam running an islamic school and that he had many boys/students to feed and she should give him food to feed them and she refused, thereafter, she and that same son, only the two of them in the entire family were strangely sick for one week, so sick that they almost died; she recovered and continued her preaching and almost immediately she was butchered to death. Have you heard? Mr. President? Mr. President?

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 18, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Presido only watches CNN, him no dey our level again.

    • oversabi

      July 18, 2016 at 1:47 am

      Una dey worry am oh. The man enter office to get free treatment for vertigo and ear infections and you people are talking about what did you say again?

    • Sai Baba!!!

      July 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

      When you were shouting sai baba, sai baba!!! Upandan you no know say your level Na underground levels abi?

  2. Mz_Danielz

    July 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Bia Nwokem, face the nation you were elected to lead. Fulani herdsmen, killing of Christians by Muslims and you’re not condeming but you can talk about Turkey. I guess since your ear infection was cured abroad you can only hear about foreign issues. Ezi ka uno mma

  3. Ada Nnewi

    July 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    This man is becoming annoying… with everything that happened in Nigeria last week it’s Turkey that concerns you… Buhari face your work oh…

    • FasholasLover

      July 17, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      @Ada Nnewi is that you or is someone impersonating you? Jesus is Lord! Don’t worry, l come in peace.

    • Ada Nnewi

      July 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      @Fashola’s lover, my stance is what seems right and that’s what it’s always been.. i still think GEJ was incompetent and extremely corrupt..

    • Zain

      July 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      And Buhari is competent so why complain; coward. This is just the beginning; you reap what you sow.

    • CovertNigerian

      July 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      @AdaNnewi my only BN crush, I’m with you on this. Sadly too many people do not understand that supporting PMB during the election and hoping he succeeds differs from blind sycophancy. Remaining convinced that GEJ was way too incompetent to continue and settling for and supporting the only available alternative doesn’t prevent us from recognizing and pointing when mistakes are made.

      For those of you that don’t recognize it, that’s what objectivity looks like.

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Stop with the hogwash. He was NOT the only alternative. You all chose to be blind

    • Iris

      July 18, 2016 at 4:14 am

      @Zain I don’t understand your comment. Many of you people are acting like GEJ knew what he was doing. All this ‘reap what you sow’ talk is nonsense. You have two candidates, you weigh the options, and you vote. When ‘reaping what you sow’ is applicable is when you vote for someone because they are your kinsman or because they paid you and then the person doesn’t perform. I once asked Ada Nnewi on this blog why Buhari made more sense to her (note I said ‘more sense’ not ‘perfect sense’) than GEJ and she gave a valid reason. I did not necessarily agree that Buhari was the right choice but I sure as hell respected her opinion. Nobody is a fortune teller here. You make informed decisions about a candidate based on the information you have or in this case, based on how terrible you know the other option is. That is how democracy works.

    • Celeste

      July 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

      @ Iris:
      Buhari and Jonathan were NOT the only presidential candidates during last year’s election. They were other credible candidates to choose from.

      If you made your decision based on information on the candidates and/or how terrible the other candidate is, then Buhari and Jonathan shouldn’t be your choice, based on their antecedents – Buhari is no newcomer, he’s been head of state and have been politically active since the civil war. You should have chosen a different candidate from the many options available.

      And yes, people voted along religious and tribal lines in 2015 election. Some voted against Jonathan because they were dissatisfied with his government, while others voted because Tinubu and the APC projected Buhari as the messiah of our country to them, convincing them how he is now a converted democrat.

    • Lol

      July 18, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Becoming? Think that ship sailed already.

  4. Oma

    July 17, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Am sorry but Buhari is the meaning of shameless. Talk of a man whose house is on fire, but he is more concerned with what is cooking in his ‘distant niehhbour’s kitchen. Tufiakwa! 2019 cannot come fast enough.

    • oversabi

      July 18, 2016 at 1:54 am

      What do you mean? His family is doing okay. What do you want him to be worried about when all his jet setting kids are graduates and the roundfaced one people think is cute that has amassed a lot of “Ambassador”/spokesperson portfolios might soon be hitched? By the way, his grandchild will soon be Minister of State for Toddler Affairs because she is always in this special high chair consorting with and advising the first lady who always looks on with rapt attention. Abegi. Aso Rock is secure. Presidential jet is ready to take off for ear, nose, throat and eye check up. Even if his heart fails, the body will be flown to the best hospital in London for emergency resuscitation. they probably have a cryo machine ready to put the body in stasis pending when the plane can land in London. EFCC is harassing Jonathan’s buddies. What else matters?

  5. Corolla

    July 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    He has mouth for everything, but the affairs of the country he leads. What a fool!

  6. Lisa

    July 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I really cannot take this guy seriously…of all statements to make, this is the best you can comment on??? God help us…

  7. Naijatalk

    July 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    An unapologetic joke of a president; colossal disappointment for those who dared to expect much.

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 18, 2016 at 1:18 am

      What do you mean he wasn’t the only alternative?? I’m sure the 10,000 people that voted for Remi Sonaya are enjoying their moral high ground. Nigeria runs a two party system, he was the only alternative.

    • oversabi

      July 18, 2016 at 1:49 am

      I dont agree. The alternative was for the voters to reject the electoral process they were handed. It is just that as humans we fail to dare the norms that constantly inflict wounds on us. If the masses had said neither Jonathan nor Buhari nor Remi Sonaya were options and had pushed for not voting, another option would have emerged.

    • Naijatalk

      July 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      And the people, have the power to reject the status quo; that’s what democracy is all about. Two party system is merely the status quo, it is not a rule, it is not inflexible, it is not an absolute.

  8. Beard gang

    July 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    i wish you thought of this in the early 80s. not on Buhari’s side o but which President has impressed us since 1999?

    • nnenne

      July 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      + Beard gang. .. There will be none as long as we keep voting in the same people!
      For those comparing Buhari to GEJ, enjoy your change. My heart goes out to those who were not part of this change. By the end of the day, what’s the price of garri , in the market?

      BTW, am with Buhari, on “no more coup.” .He set us back with the coup, he master minded
      .

  9. Mannie

    July 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    It is perfectly acceptable (and within the rights of Nigerians) to “forcefully remove” a president by way of impeachment requested by the legislature and approved by the judicial arm of the government. The last time I checked, this is the stance in our constitution, so Buhari should be careful with what he says. Buhari seriously needs to check his privilege and know that he was elected by way of public mandate, and can be “removed” if that public mandate evidently no longer favours him to occupy his current office.

    • FasholasLover

      July 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      @Mannie, Salute!
      The man is obviously deluded. He lives in a world of his own and certainly does not understand the concept of democracy, It’s privileges and limitations. Buhari is a misfortune. I hope his handlers are reading the mood of the nation.

  10. Art

    July 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    It’s not even up to 2 years and some Buhari worshipers are singing a new song. I have a neighbour who was a die hard Buhari supporter but after he lost his job in the oil industry due to the backward policies of this govt. His song has also change. i was warning my friends who were pro Buhari during the last elections but they didn’t listen. My anger in all these is that even the “wailers” are suffering along with those who voted in this divisive and hateful govt. You buharimaniacs owe the rest of us a big apology for plunging the nation into this direction less ship.

  11. celeste

    July 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This Buhari is a sorry excuse of a president. He didn’t comment on the recent attack on a church in Abuja, the women butchered in abuja and kano, not even on the incessant attacks by fulani herdsmen and several other issues pressing the nation. But here he is concerning himself with far away Turkey. We have not forgotten how his coup truncated the second republic, taking the country back to military autocracy until 1999.

  12. bowl

    July 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    @Ada Nnewi.Behold your salvation .patience Jonathan was right. Buhari is brain dead. Nothing shot of this

    • Fleur

      July 17, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      You dey find trouble sha. a beg leave Mama P alone. [chuckles] She dey enjoy retirement from Aso Rock. Make BN behemoth no come drag am tire.

  13. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Does Nigeria still have a President?

  14. Brizola

    July 18, 2016 at 3:21 am

    I didn’t bother to read the stupid statement, the headline already put me off. When was it ever okay to truncate a democratic government? Buhari and his co conspirators ought to be in jail for treason but he was repackaged and forced on us like a messiah to deliver Nigeris from the abyss he was part and parcel of putting us through by Tinubu and his southwest cohorts. How would anybody ever compare Jonathan to Buhari? Opposites, the future and the past, digital and analog. Jonathan had his short comings but he had a direction, he had a team, he put his country first before his region, he was empathic to our course. Buhari is the biggest mistake we ever made as a country and will take a lot of years to get over this mess. Buhari and his co travellers are cashing out, buying houses in maitama and still leaving large while the masses suffer. Some of you are too ashamed to take back your words, it’s easier to blame GEJ. Enjoy your autocratic, bigoted, deluded Ruler.Bless

  15. Iris

    July 18, 2016 at 4:16 am

    This guy is on a long thing. Consoler-InChief- of Foreigners

  16. Awesome

    July 18, 2016 at 7:38 am

    we nigerians really hoped forward to great things to happen,buh the way things turnout is so appalling,what we know is that change is constant and there is nothing more constantier than change, i dont support or confide in buhari though,buh what i reasoned was that at every four years tenure of any government,there should be a change of government,but nigerian, we so much love to stick to one government with the hope that things willl be better,but it doesnt work that way,No Contemplations! This is no democratic government,i call it democratic malhandling or maltreatment. I rest my case.

    • step77

      July 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

      erm excuse me… it’s got to be one of three things 1) you were drunk when you typed this 2) you’re trying to be funny by deliberately typing like this 3) you came from Linda Ikeji’s blog

  17. Celeste

    July 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    @ Iris:
    Buhari and Jonathan were NOT the only presidential candidates during last year’s election. They were other credible candidates to choose from.

    If you made your decision based on information on the candidates and/or how terrible the other candidate is, then Buhari and Jonathan shouldn’t be your choice, based on their antecedents – Buhari is no newcomer, he’s been head of state and have been politically active since the civil war. You should have chosen a different candidate from the many options available.

    And yes, people voted along religious and tribal lines in 2015 election. Some voted against Jonathan because they were dissatisfied with his government, while others voted because Tinubu and the APC projected Buhari as the messiah of our country to them, convincing them how he is now a converted democrat.

  18. ElessarisElendil

    July 19, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I give up. 309,481 people voted for all the other candidates put together, but yes there were other alternatives. Sometimes you people act like you’ve never been to Nigeria.

    How many other parties had the resources to organise rallies on the scale of the big two?

    How many Nigerians even watched the non-existent debates??

    How many parties could afford the bags of rice that were shared or mobilise violence in their strongholds?? Yes those are important determinants of victory here, let’s not pretend.

    Congratulations 309,481 Nigerians hope you’re enjoying your futile protest votes. Nigeria is a TWO party system. Unless any of you are billionaires willing to bankroll others, accept that absolute truth.

    “If the masses had said neither Jonathan nor Buhari nor Remi Sonaya were options and had pushed for not voting, another option would have emerged.”: That’s about the most naive thing I’ve heard in my life!!!

    I won’t even talk about how that would trigger a constitutional crisis and the havoc it would lead to, I am however very interested in you telling me how you’d have convinced in masses in Katsina or Bayelsa GEJ or Buhari weren’t options. FFS this is Nigeria, even America has accepted Trump and Clinton as options, that’s how the system works, either accept the candidates the party have put forward or stay at home like millions did on election day.

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