President Bola Ahmed Tinubu stated that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering diplomatic negotiations and dialogue in an effort to resolve the crisis in the Republic of Niger.
The statement was made by Tinubu, the chairperson of ECOWAS, on Thursday when the leaders of the West African States met to discuss the crisis in the Niger Republic following the expiration of the deadline given to the military junta to cede power.
When he opened the second extraordinary session of ECOWAS in Abuja, he urged the regional bloc to engage the coup leaders in Niger to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum.
Tinubu stated, “It is essential to evaluate the efficacy of our interventions and identify any gaps or obstacles that may have impeded progress.”
Only through this comprehensive analysis will we be able to collectively chart a path to enduring peace, stability, and prosperity in Niger.
Additionally, in reaffirming our unwavering commitment to democracy, human rights, and the welfare of the people of Niger, it is imperative that we prioritize diplomatic negotiations and dialogue as the foundation of our strategy.
We must engage in earnest discussions with all parties involved, including the coup leaders, to persuade them to abdicate power and reinstate President Bazoum.
It is our duty to exhaust all avenues of engagement in order to ensure a swift return to constitutional governance in Niger.”
According to Nigeria’s president, the rebellion in the neighboring Niger Republic has far-reaching implications for democratically elected governments in the subregion of West Africa.
More specifically, as leaders of our respective nations, we must acknowledge that the political crisis in Niger not only threatens the nation’s stability but also has far-reaching consequences for the entire West African region.
By adhering steadfastly to the principles of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law, we can restore peace, stability, and prosperity in the Republic of Niger, fostering an environment conducive to growth and development for all.
Last week, the junta of the Niger Republic severed ties with Nigeria, its former colonial master France, Togo, and the United States.
Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, a spokesperson for Niger’s coup commander Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani, stated this in a national broadcast on Thursday, according to Radio France International.
Tinubu, as Chairman of ECOWAS, has dispatched multiple delegations to the Niger Republic, including one led by former military head of state, Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar, but without success.