Goodluck Jonathan, Atiku react to coup attempt in Ethiopia


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Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan and former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have condemned the attempted coup to oust Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

Their remarks came hours after the Ethiopian Prime Minister confirmed the death of the nation’s chief of army by his own bodyguard in an attempt to foil the coup.

They made the condemnation on Sunday via their respective Twitter account.

Goodluck Jonathan tweet reads: “Nobody’s Political Ambition Is Worth The Blood of Citizens in Ethiopia or Any Other Nation.

“I have long said, believed and practised the principle that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen.

“As such, it bleeds my heart when there is unnecessary and avoidable bloodshed, as has just happened in Ethiopia.

“I condemn the attempted coup against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

“I go further to call on men and women of goodwill around the world to also condemn such anti-democratic actions and show solidarity to the democratically elected constitutional order in Ethiopia.

“Democracy has come to rest in Africa. Constitutionality and the rule of law are what we in Africa need, especially in the cradle of civilisation and the melting pot of the African Union.

“Africa hopes for a speedy return to normalcy and I stand ready to lend my voice and actions to make that possible. May God bless Africa and may He be with the government and people of Ethiopia at such a trying time.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar tweet reads: The coup attempt against the democratically elected government of @PMEthiopia stands condemned. Democracy has come to stay in Africa and we must accept this. As a democrat, my right hand of fellowship is offered to the people of Ethiopia. Long live democracy in Africa -AA.