November 26, 2022

“They attempted to kill President Embalo. They destroyed the presidential palace with bazookas, killed 11 young people. It took about five hours to restore order. It was a nightmare” – Guinea-Bissau minister

Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló
Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló

Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 09:28 am

A Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau, Suzi Barbosa, has revealed how President Umaru Sissoco Embalo came close from being ousted last week.

President Buhari receives in audience Newly Elected President of Guinea Bissau H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló in State House on 5th Jan 2020|President Buhari receives in audience Newly Elected President of Guinea Bissau H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló in State House on 5th Jan 2020|President Buhari receives in audience Newly Elected President of Guinea Bissau H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló in State House on 5th Jan 2020|President Buhari receives in audience Newly Elected President of Guinea Bissau H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embaló in State House on 5th Jan 2020

“They attempted to kill President Embalo. They destroyed the presidential palace with bazookas, killed 11 young people. It took about five hours to restore order. It was a nightmare ,” Barbosa told Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday on the sidelines of the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She gave graphic presentation of the attempt to overthrow the constitutional order in her country.

Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau, Suzi Barbosa, meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 6, 2022.

The coup was aborted by loyalist forces, but it was another alarm bell that West Africa was become more unstable than in the past 20 years.

The Nigerian presidency said President Buhari “pledged to consult with other ECOWAS leaders on how full normalcy could be restored to the embattled country at the shortest possible time.”


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