This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Aregbesola Condemns Insurgency in Mali

The governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has condemned the Malian military adventurists whose incursion into the affairs of the African country has culminated in the turmoil which that country has been thrown.

Aregbesola, who stated the need for professionalism in the military, said the crude hijacking of power from a democratically-elected government in Mali almost a year ago, has given an unprecedented rise to insurgency.

Speaking at a civic reception in honour of two retired military top brass; former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Muhammed Dikko Umar, in Osogbo on Friday, Aregbesola condemned the coupists in Mali, saying there was no need for the soldier to have truncated the democratic rule when the tenure of the overthrown regime was at its twilight and the nation was almost ripe for another election.

"Last year, a tragedy befell democracy in Africa again when a group of mis-adventurists in Mali toppled a democratically-elected government. This was an unconscionable and mindless attempt to once again drag a nation and a continent back to the dark ages.

"Whereas, every nation goes through its own troubled times. But this does not call for the subversion of democratic process in such country. Subversion is simply an invitation to anarchy, chaos and destruction.

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