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Magashi urges African militaries to preserve democracy



The Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi has called on African militaries to remain committed to the preservation of democracy on the continent.

Magashi made the call at a ceremony to commemorate the Armed Forces Day of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

A copy of the minister speech was made available to our reporter in Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister who was represented by Nigeria’s Defence Attache to Sao Tome and Principe, Navy Capt. Oluseyi Oladipo, used the occasion to present light technical support to the Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (FASTP).

Magashi also assessed the level of progress of the “Basic English Course” for the armed forces of Sao Tome and Principe, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

The Sao Tome and Principe’s armed forces played key role in providing security in the election which held on Sept. 5 in the archipelagic country.

The country lies about 250 nautical miles south of Bonny in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe have overlapping “Exclusive Economic Zones”, designated as “Joint Development Zone”.

On Sept. 5, the military in Guinea Conakry, led by Lt.-Col. Mamady Doumbouya , overthrew the democratic elected government of the country, vowing to create a new government to benefit the people.

Also, the military in Mali, seized power in August 2020, forcing President Ibrahim Keita to resign.

Johnson Eyiangho

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