A former Nigerian state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has expressed his support for the military takeover in Gabon despite widespread condemnation from the international community.
On Wednesday, August 30, Military officers in Gabon said that they have seized power and placed President Ali Bongo under house arrest.
The coup came after the Central African electoral umpire declared the deposed long-term leader as the winner of recently concluded presidential election.
While commenting on the military takeover on Channels Television, the former governor Fayose faulted Bongo for staying long in power.
“I’m very happy with what happened with Gabon, I don’t like military incursion in politics but I want to say to you Nigeria is different because we have reasonably stabilised the democracy,” Fayose said.
“We may have our flaws, remember that now in Nigeria you can see uninterrupted democratic process, you can see that you know after four years there will be an election.Nigeria has gone from one party to another party, one person to another person in a space of time.
“But in a country where one man is spending 30 years, 20 years, 40 years, they must boot him out of the place whichever way, that’s different from Nigeria setting.“
He however streesed the need for the Gabonese military junta to allow a quick transition of power in order to bring the country back on its democratic path.