The Burkina Faso coup which took place on Wednesday, the 16th of September and saw the abduction of PresidentMichel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida, has now attracted considerable criticism from the outside world.

The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed utmost disappointment with the event that led to General Gilbert Dendere’s take-over of power. It was described as a “brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter”, according to a statement from Buhari’s office.

Also, the African Union has banned the country from all council activities and suspended its membership unless the military junta hands over power before September 22. “Council decides to suspend, with immediate effect, the participation of Burkina Faso in all AU activities,” the statement said, adding that members of the RSP linked to the kidnappings would be held legally accountable for their actions.

The coup has also been condemned by the United States, France and the United Nations.

•Kanyinsola Olorunnisola