Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has waded in on the Zimbabwean coup d'etat, appealing for calm and respect for the constitution in the neighbouring African country of Zimbabwe after what appears to be an ongoing military takeover of President Robert Mugabe's government.
In a press statement signed on Wednesday by President Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and dated November 15, 2017, the president said the military should tread carefully so as to prevent unnecessary conflict.
The president said, "Every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability".
Several armoured vehicles were seen driving down main roads outside the Zimbabwean capital of Harare on Tuesday, November 14, as tension blew up between Mugabe's regime and the military that has been a key buttress to his 37-year reign.
However, spokesman for the Military, Maj Gen SB Moyo announced on national television that President Mugabe and his family were safe.
Meanwhile, a different report suggests that the Zimbabwean president [Mugabe] has reportedly agreed to step down, negotiating for his wife to leave the country.
Verified reports confirmed that Robert Mugabe was negotiating for his wife, Grace Mugabe to leave the country as he prepares to step down.
Soldiers indeed have the President and his Presidential guard under siege. Zimbabweans have been asked to stay away from the Central Business District until further notice.