President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution as the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, was removed from power by the military in a military ‘takeover’ on Wednesday.
The Nigerian President urged all stakeholders( political and military) in Zimbabwe to avoid actions that may put the country into an unnecessary conflict that will impact negatively on the region.
While calling for peace, calm and respect for the constitution, Buhari said that all attempts must be made at resolving all issues in dispute by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from political instability that could be avoided.
The appeal came in the wake of the ‘coup’ as a result of heightened political tensions in Zimbabwe following President Mugabe’s recent sack of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This led to a statement on Tuesday by the head of the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga, that “the military will not hesitate to step in” when the issue had to do with protecting the “revolution’’.
President Mugabe who is the world’s longest-serving leader took over power in 1980 as Prime minister in and became president in 1987.He is accused of planning to hand over power to his wife Grace Mugabe who is did liked by many as she is perceived to be arrogant in next years election.