President Muhammadu Buhari and other West Africa leaders have condemned the failed coup in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the coup which caused the death of at least four senior officials including the head of the Ethiopian army.
Mr Buhari condemned the coup in his capacity as the chairman of the West African heads of government.
Read Mr Buhari’s statement as sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the presidency below.
In my capacity as the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government and on behalf of our Regional Organisation, we strongly condemn the coup attempt in the Amhara Region and the tragic events in the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
We express our deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the coup attempt and to the people and Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
We reaffirm the imperative for the adherence to relevant African Union Instruments, principally the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the Lomé Declaration on the Unconstitutional Change of Government.
We are committed to the ideals of the African Union on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance adopted at the Eighth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2007.
We urge all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and avoid any action that could undermine the peace, unity and stability of Ethiopia.
At this trying period, we also convey our full solidarity to the people and Government of Ethiopia.
We finally reiterate our respect for the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.
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