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Reps minority caucus says military action is not the answer to coups in Africa

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Military involvement is not a silver bullet to prevent military interruptions in constitutional democracies across the continent, the House Minority Caucus has cautioned.

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Therefore, the caucus slammed any efforts by the UN, the AU, or any other international organization to employ force or coercion to restore democratic administration in Gabon, Niger Republic, or anywhere else in Africa.

Military interventions were traced back to poor leadership, excessive ambition, and a lack of public engagement.

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However, in a statement released on Friday, its leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, voiced his displeasure with the rising tide of military adventurism across the continent.

A startling increase in military coups across the continent in recent years has been termed as exceedingly sad, deeply alarming, and pathetically disgusting by the speaker.

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According to the caucus, this change undid the progress made by democratic movements for the restoration of civil rule in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

After years and decades of bad leadership, massive economic hardship, serial social deprivation, deeply rooted poverty, deliberate intimidation, and corrosive lack, the caucus noted, citizens of those countries would not only welcome but celebrate military interventions under any guise.

To address these issues, Chinda said, “However, it is imperative to state in clear terms that the use and deployment of brute force, and aggression in whatever guise, is not the solution.”

We urge all African leaders to pursue and enshrine good governance, while strongly rejecting any efforts by the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), or any other global organisation to use force or coercion to restore democratic governance in Gabon, the Niger Republic, or anywhere else in Africa.

“This is the only silver bullet for preventing further military interference in constitutional democracies across the continent.”

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