African nations are increasingly reshuffling their military and taking measures to prevent coups following a recent wave of coup attempts across the continent. Gabon, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Chad, and Sudan have all experienced coup-related events in recent times, prompting concern among regional leaders.
In response to the coup scare, Rwanda and Cameroon have initiated military reshuffles as a precautionary measure. Rwanda, in particular, approved the retirement of 12 Generals and several officers, including high-ranking figures, as part of its reforms.
Cameroon, on the other hand, announced new appointments to the Controle Generale des Armees, among other changes in the military hierarchy.
In Nigeria, Major General Mohammed Usman, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army, emphasized the importance of loyalty to the President and constituted authority during an address to soldiers. He called for professionalism and loyalty, noting that soldiers who are not loyal should consider leaving the Nigerian Army.
Meanwhile, the recent coup in Gabon, which led to the overthrow of President Ali Bongo, has raised concerns among African leaders. The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has condemned the coup and plans an imminent meeting of heads of state to determine a regional response.
African Union’s Peace and Security Council is also set to discuss the situation. President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, who chairs the West African bloc ECOWAS, expressed his commitment to working with other African leaders to address the growing trend of coups on the continent.
Overall, African countries are taking proactive measures to prevent coups and maintain stability in the face of recent political developments. The international community, including the African Union and regional blocs, is closely monitoring the situation and working to uphold democratic principles. President Tinubu emphasized the need to address coup attempts through diplomatic means before considering military intervention.