LAGOS, Nigeria(VOICE OF NAIJA) – The government of Congo Brazzaville has refuted claims of a coup plot targeting President Denis Nguesso, who has held office for an extensive period of 38 years.
Thierry Moungalla, the Minister of Information for the nation, took to the X platform to issue a statement via a tweet, engaging directly with the public. On Sunday, Moungalla cautioned against the spread of what he referred to as “fanciful information” that alluded to the occurrence of “serious events” in the capital city of Brazzaville.
“URGENT – Fanciful information suggests serious events that are underway in Brazzaville.
“The Government denies this fake news. We reassure public opinion about the calm that reigns and invite people to calmly go about their activities,” the minister tweeted.
The government’s website also posted a statement denying the coup attempt reports.
Amidst the flurry of social media activity, reports began to circulate suggesting an ongoing coup attempt in the country during President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s absence. It is reported that Nguesso is currently in New York, United States, attending the United Nations General Assembly. These rumours, originating from online platforms, have sparked concerns about the political stability of the nation.
The country’s president is a former military officer who has been in power since 1997.
In recent months, a surge of coup attempts has swept across the African continent, including a notable incident in Gabon where the military successfully seized power in January.
Nonetheless, the Congolese government’s firm rebuttal of the reported coup attempt signifies that the situation within the country remains firmly under control.