President Muhammadu Buhari has asked authorities in Gabon to respect constitutional provisions in the oil-rich west-central African nation.

The President's demand was issued on Tuesday, a day after military officials took over a national radio and declared that the president was incapacitated and could not continue.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, emphasised the democracy was supreme.

"The military officers in Gabon should understand that the era of military coups and governments in Africa and indeed worldwide, is long gone.

"Democracy is supreme and the constitutional stipulations on the peaceful change of administration must be respected.

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"That is the only way we can ensure peace and stability not only within the country but also in the region," Buhari said.

The Nigerian President, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also urged military officers with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role.

He also enjoined the people of Gabon to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy in their country.

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