FG rejects Guinea coup, Nigerians react

The Nigerian Government has condemned the military coup in Guinea.

Soldiers announced on Sunday that they had taken control of the country and detained President Alpha Conde.

Conde won a third term last October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again, despite violent protests from the opposition.

Reacting to the development, the Nigerian Government in a statement on Sunday by the ministry of foreign affairs said it was saddened by the coup.

It called on those behind the unconstitutional change of government to restore constitutional order without delay and protect lives and property.

“The Nigerian government is saddened by the apparent coup d’etat in the Republic of Guinea, in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance,” the statement read.

“The government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore, calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property.”

See below some reactions from Nigerians to the coup on social media:

@Opresii tweeted, “As dem take the Guinea president ein seat de3 let me go and sit on mine well before dem take am.”

One of the #EndSARS promoters, Rinu Oduala, tweeted, “Coups beget coups. From Zimbabwe to Gabon, Chad, Sudan, Mali, Guinea. Sadly, Africa is still in the strong threshold of military coups while the world moves on.

“Young Africans are at a greater loss as we lose precious time to these power tussles.”

Senator Shehu Sani wrote, “What has happened in Guinea Conakry is simply a military coup.President Alpha Conde recently tempered with the constitution that enabled him to contest for the third term and the parliament increased his earnings.Military rule refused to be obsolete in West Africa.”

Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted, “President Conde of Guinea appears to have been toppled in a military coup.

“The military have taken power in Mali, Chad and now Guinea all in the last one year. May God deliver Africa from constant instability and setbacks.”