PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has condemned reports that Malian rebel soldiers have taken over control of the country from the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure, warning that no unconstitutional government would be recognised.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja on Thursday, said the president expressed displeasure and dismay over the action of the renegade troops, describing the move as “an apparent setback to the consolidation of democracy in Mali in particular and the African continent in general.”
He warned the coup plotters to allow the ongoing democratic process in the country to run its full course and not to do anything that would truncate the electoral process especially the presidential election slated for next month.
President Jonathan, who also cautioned against the shedding of innocent blood and unnecessary destruction of the property of the citizens and foreigners resident in the country, stressed that the coup plotters had only embarked on a fruitless mission of supplanting a constitutional government by other means which goes against the current global grain of constitutionalism.
While noting that the Nigerian government would never recognise any unconstitutional regime, the president further urged all well-meaning governments in the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to roundly condemn the obvious coup d’état in Bamako and demand an immediate reinstatement of the government of President Toure and the continuation of the current electoral process.