The Nigerian opposition coalition, Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has condemned the tenure elongation plot of the Guinean President Alpha Conde and the killing of over 20 protesters by the Guinean Police.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the Coalition also condemned the alleged support of the Nigerian Government towards the elongation plot.
we mourn the martyrs of African democracy and call on all well-meaning
Guineans not to let their blood which has been shed in pursuit of Democracy not to be in vain.
Ugochinyere accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of supporting Conde as a prelude to its plans to do same for President Muhammadu Buhari adding, “the APC should know that just like the people of Guinea will successfully resist President Alpha Conde, Nigerians will also successfully resist any plot on tenure elongation by the ruling APC.”
The full statement read
“The Nigerian opposition coalition(Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP) has condemned the tenure elongation plot of the Guinean President Alpha Conde and the killing of over 20 protesters by the Guinean Police.
“We mourn the martyrs of African democracy and call on all well-meaning Guineans not to let their blood which has been shed in pursuit of democracy not to be in vain.
“We condemn the violent response of the Police who are using live Ammunition on their armless fellow citizens and the arbitrary arrest and detention of opposition leaders. We therefore call on the International Criminal Court to beam its searchlight on Conakry and ensure that everyone responsible for the avoidable deaths of those Guineans are made to pay for their actions.
“It is equally disheartening that the APC led Federal Government and Chieftains of the Party are allegedly supporting President Alpha Conde on this his ignoble and undemocratic path which he is walking. It is presumptive of a similar plot which is in the works at the Aso Rock Villa and Blantyre Street Secretariat of the ruling Party. But the APC should know that just like the people of Guinea will successfully resist President Alpha Conde, Nigerians will also successfully resist any plot on tenure elongation by the ruling APC. The plotters of a third term agenda in Nigeria will only come to discover that they were day dreaming and not in tune with reality and political advancement of Nigeria and Africa. Thinking that helping Alpha Conde to succeed will brighten their chances is tantamount to living in a fools paradise.
“We call on all democrats wherever they may be in Nigeria to dedicate prayers to the people of Guinea for their liberation from a tyrant in our Mosques today Friday, 18th October, 2019 and our churches on Sunday 20th October, 2019.
“Nigerian opposition will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Guinea to stand against the desecration of the constitutional democracy of which President Alpha Conde is the greatest beneficiary.
“The Nigeria Opposition wish to hail Guinea Former Prime Minister Cellou Diallo for his numerous patriotic sacrifice for the advancement and protection of democracy in Guinea and urged the International community and Guinean People to rally behind cellou and other opposition figures to liberate Guinea and save it from total collapse in the hands of
“President Muhammadu Buhari is hereby called upon to reiterate the fundamental principle of state policy to his colleague Alpha Conde and let him know that Nigeria and indeed all of Africa is indeed committed to strengthening and deepening democracy. This will also go a long way in reassuring Nigerians that the evidence of moves in high places in Nigeria for a similar third term plot is not enjoying the support of the President. Such a statement from Nigeria will also alert the Guinean President that he will not have support from Africa and that no Humanitarian help will get to him. “