The Nigerian Government and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have condemned the coup d’état that took place in the Republic of Guinea Conakry on Sunday.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the ECOWAS Chair, and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, condemned the action in separate statements made on Sunday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

They both said the coup was a violation of ECOWAS democratic ideals, and demanded the release of President Alpha Condé.

What ECOWAS is saying

“ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which occurred in Conakry, Republic of Guinea. She condemns with the greatest firmness this coup attempt on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

“ECOWAS demands respect for the physical integrity of the President of the Republic, the Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release as well as that of all the personalities arrested.

“ECOWAS reaffirms its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change. She asks the defense and security forces to remain in a posture Republican and expresses its solidarity with the Guinean people and Government,” Akufo-Addo stated.

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Onyeama said, “The Government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government.

“And therefore calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property.”

What you should know

Guinea’s Special forces, led by Mamady Doumbouya, announced that they had “dissolved government and institutions.” This came after gunshots were heard at the Presidential palace in Conakry.

Guinea’s Conde won a 3rd term in 2020, after changing the constitution to allow it, which caused protests.