The Nigerian government has condemned the recent development in Cote d’Ivoire in which a small fraction of the country’s Armed Forces mutinied against the government.

It expressed strong and unflinching support for the Government of President Alhassan Ouattara and welcomed ongoing efforts to resolve the crisis.

The presidency in a statement by the spokesman for the Acting President, Laolu Akande, urged the parties to the crisis to exercise maximum restraint, remain calm and continue with dialogue and negotiations with the Government of President Ouattara.

“Nigeria also urges the mutineers to return to their barracks and to refrain from any action capable of undermining the peace, security and democracy in the country,” the statement read.

The Nigerian government further requested that the people of Cote d’Ivoire should remain steadfast in their support for the Government and refrain from giving support to the mutineers in the overall interest of peace, tranquility, good order and prosperity of the country.

Gunfire had erupted in several cities in Ivory Coast, on Monday, as the military pressed an operation aimed at ending a mutiny by soldiers demanding bonus payments.

Heavy gunfire was heard in the early hours in the east of the commercial capital, Abidjan and Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake, which remains sealed off by mutinous soldiers.

The mutiny had paralysed economic activities and brought large parts of the country to a standstill.