A former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has finally reacted to the military coup in Mali which led to the arrest of Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and his Prime Minister, Boubou Ciss, by soldiers of the Malian Army.
Naija News had reported earlier that Malian President and his Prime Minister, Boubou Cissé, were “arrested” late Tuesday afternoon in Bamako by mutiny Soldiers supporting the opposition.
“We can tell you that the president and prime ministers are under our control. We arrested them at his home ” (at the home of the Head of State), said a soldier, who requested anonymity.
“IBK (President Keita) and his Prime Minister are in an armoured vehicle on their way to Kati”, the military camp on the outskirts of Bamako where the mutiny began in the morning, said another military source in the mutineer camp.
Moments after the news of President Keïta’s arrest went viral, a video showing the moment Mali President was arrested emerged on social media.
Shortly after this, another video emerged, showing the moment Mali’s Presidential Villa was taken over by young protesters following President Keita’s arrest by the soldiers of the Milian Army. In the video, the apparently excited young Malians could be seen playing inside the swimming pool at the Malian Presidential Villa.
However, early on Wednesday President Keita announced that he is resigning from his post saying that he does not wish blood to be shed following a military mutiny that plunged the country into a political crisis.
“Today, certain parts of the military have decided that intervention was necessary. Do I really have a choice? Because I do not wish blood to be shed,” Keita said in a brief statement broadcast on national television.
Reacting to the military coup in Mali on Friday in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Fani-Kayode said “no coup takes place in any Francophone country without the French encouraging, promoting and supporting it.:
Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, stressed that the French were complicit in the recent coup in Mali. He added that France controls all Francophone countries and that any “leader that tests their will or opposes their counsel is removed or jailed.”
His words: “No coup takes place in any Francophone country without the French encouraging, promoting & supporting it. The French were complicit in the recent coup in Mali. They control ALL Francophone countries & any leader that tests their will or opposes their counsel is removed or jailed.”
No coup takes place in any Francophone country without the French encouraging, promoting & supporting it.The French were complicit in the recent coup in Mali. They control ALL Francophone countries & any leader that tests their will or opposes their counsel is removed or jailed.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) August 21, 2020
Source: Naija News