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Tinubu Urges African Unity Against Rising Autocracy Amid Gabon Coup

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President Bola Tinubu has expressed serious concerns regarding the increasing number of coup d'états occurring in various African countries. 

He has called for a united effort to counter the rise of what he terms "contagious autocracy" on the continent. 

Tinubu has pledged his commitment to collaborating with other African leaders to protect and promote democracy in Africa.

Tinubu's statement comes in response to a recent coup in Gabon, where military forces took control. 

This development has also raised concerns from international organizations and countries such as the United States, United Nations, European Union, France, and the Commonwealth.

The coup in Gabon follows a similar incident in Niger just a month ago when Presidential Guards overthrew the democratically elected President, Mohamed Bazoum.

In the case of Gabon, a group of soldiers appeared on national television, announcing the cancellation of election results that declared incumbent President Ondimba Ali Bongo as the winner.

 They also dissolved all government institutions and closed the country's borders indefinitely.

President Ali Bongo, who has been in power for three terms, is a member of the Bongo family, one of Africa's longest-standing ruling dynasties. 

His father, late President Omar Bongo, governed Gabon for nearly 42 years until his passing in 2009.

Tinubu's statement emphasizes the need to safeguard the stability of Gabon and address the worrying trend of autocratic governance spreading across different regions of Africa. 

He firmly believes that power should rest in the hands of the African people and not be decided through the use of force.


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