The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has condemned an attempted coup by members of the military in the Niger Republic.
It was recalled that the presidential guards seized President Mohamed Bazoum and blockaded his residence in the capital Niamey on Wednesday.
The Nigerian presidency confirmed that a coup attempt was carried out Wednesday morning by soldiers who sealed access to the official residence of President Mohamed Bazoum.
Commenting on the attempted coup the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres through his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters that: “‘The Secretary-General is following closely the situation in Niger.
”He condemns in the strongest terms any effort to seize power by force and to undermine democratic governance, peace and stability in Niger.”
“Guterres urged all actors involved to exercise restraint and ensure the protection of constitutional order.”
He Guterres spoke with Bazoum and expressed his full support and solidarity to the president.
Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has a tumultuous history with coups. It has faced various coups and coup attempts since gaining independence from France in 1960.