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A rebel soldier gestures as he stands near the entrance of the Ivory Coast's army headquarters, the Gallieni military camp, in Abidjan on May 12, 2017 as they fired shots in the air just hours after a spokesman for the protesters publicly apologised for an earlier mutiny [Image copyright: AFP/GETTY IMAGES]

Nigeria’s federal government urges Ivory Coast mutineers to refrain from action capable of undermining peace

The Federal Government on Wednesday condemned recent developments in Cote D’Ivoire in which a fraction of the country’s Armed Forces mutinied against the government.

 

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Nigeria expressed unflinching support for the government of President Alhassan Ouattara and welcomed ongoing efforts at resolving the crisis.

 

The statement read in part, “The Federal Government urges 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.”