Nigeria condemns mutiny in Cote d’Ivoire

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Nigeria has condemned the mutiny by a faction of the armed forces of Cote d’Ivoire

This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President, Office of the Vice-President, Laolu Akande.

The statement read: “The Federal Government of Nigeria wishes to condemn in strong terms the recent developments in Cote d’Ivoire in which a small fraction of the country’s Armed Forces mutinied against the Government. Nigeria expresses strong and unflinching support for the Government of President Alhassan Ouattara and welcomes ongoing efforts at resolving the crisis. 

The Nigerian Government urged the parties to the crisis to exercise maximum restraint, remain calm and continue with dialogue and negotiations with the Government of President Ouattara.

“Nigeria also urges the mutineers to return to their barracks and to refrain from any action capable of undermining the peace, security and democracy in the country. The Federal Government further urges the people of Cote d’Ivoire to remain steadfast in their support for the Government and to refrain from giving support to the mutineers in the overall interest of peace, tranquillity, good order and prosperity of the country,” the statement read in part.

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