President Muhammadu Buhari has roundly condemned the botched coup in Turkey.
The coup resulted in clashes that claimed the lives of more than 150 persons.
Reacting to the tragic events in Ankara, Istanbul and other centers, President Buhari says he is “Deeply saddened by reports of a violent attempt to dismantle constitutional authority and disrupt the democratically elected government of Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.”
According to a statement released by the Presidency “The removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable.
“Violence can never solve any problem but only complicates them and sets back the progress of democratic societies.
“The President notes that President Erdogan is one of Nigeria’s close international partners and sincere supporters in its current war against terrorism.
“Erdogan and all leaders should resist the destabilization of democratic countries through coups d’état in the 21st century.”
“Democracy provides peaceful options of changing governments through the ballot box.
“The ballot box doesn’t require violence to remove any government perceived to have lost its popularity and public support.
“Despite its limitations, democracy is still better and more durable than a violent change of government.”
President Buhari also noted that the courage displayed by citizens in response to the army rebels that temporally seized power last week.
President Buhari however counselled President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to pursue reconciliation.
He also offered Nigeria’s support to the government and people of Turkey in their hour of trial.