The latest wave of events in the West African country, he added, were “unwanted” in a message posted on his Twitter account on Friday.
“As to be expected, I, like millions of other Nigerians, am shocked by the latest turn of events in Niger Republic,” he declared.
Concerns have been expressed concerning President Mohammed Bazoum and his family’s safety as well as the future of democracy as a form of governance in the nation and the larger sub-region.
“My family and I are just as worried about these as everyone else is.”
I am astonished by the most recent turn of events in the Niger Republic, as are millions of other Nigerians, as is to be anticipated.
Concerns have been expressed concerning the safety of the country as well as the larger sub-region, as well as the future of democracy as a form of administration.
However, the former president, who in office from 2015 to 2023, expressed satisfaction with how West African countries handled the situation.
Buhari continued, “It is encouraging to note that the ECOWAS, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is already effectively addressing the issue. Our hope and prayers are that the undesirable situation will be completely reversed, and the safety and wellbeing of President Bazoum and his family will be guaranteed.
On the third day after President Mohamed Bazoum was arrested, former colonial power France sought the reinstatement of the administration, claiming that Bazoum was the “sole president” and that France “does not recognise” the putschists.
Concern about the coup has grown, and Kenyan President William Ruto described it as “a serious setback” for Africa.
In a video address, he said that an unlawful change of administration had undermined the aspirations of the Nigerese people for constitutional democracy.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu announced that Sunday’s meeting of West African leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, will be to examine the coup.
“ECOWAS and the international community would do everything to defend democracy and ensure democratic governance continues to take firm root in the region,” said Tinubu, who also serves as the head of the regional bloc known as The Economic Community of West African States.
After what it referred to as a “serious attack on stability and democracy,” the European Union threatened to stop providing funding to Niamey. Since Wednesday morning, Bazoum and his family have been restricted to their apartment in the presidential palace, which is housed inside the military base for the 700-member Presidential Guard.