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Reiterating Support For Niger’s Return To Democracy is Tinubu The military junta receives a strong message from ECOWAS

Aug 12, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has pledged to help Niger’s peaceful transition to democracy.

President Bola Tinubu thanked member states for their commitment to resolving Niger’s socio-political issues in his concluding comments at Thursday’s 2nd Extraordinary Summit in Abuja.

The Summit’s exceptional conclusion, which approved the standby deployment of ECOWAS forces to restore constitutional order in Niger, demonstrated the potential of cooperation and solidarity among ECOWAS member nations, the Nigerian leader said.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale’s August 10, 2023, news release said this.

We reiterated our commitment to Niger and the ECOWAS Community. That continues. This exceptional Summit’s Communiqué allows force as a last resort. We must do it. We are committed to helping Niger achieve peace and democracy.

“The road ahead will be challenging, but with our united commitment, we can traverse these barriers and design a path to peace and prosperity for Nigeriens and ECOWAS residents.

“May our efforts lead to a better future for Nigerien and African people. “May ECOWAS flourish as a light of unity, collaboration, and growth in the region,” the Authority Chairman said.

The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State unanimously ordered Niger to restore constitutional order after the Summit.

The leaders ordered the Council of the Chiefs of Defence Staff to activate the ECOWAS standby force with all its parts immediately, according to an official communiqué delivered by Dr. Omar Touray, President of the Commission.

Leaders also warned member nations whose actions, direct or indirect, hinder the peaceful settlement of the Niger situation.

The communiqué warned of Serious repercussions.

The leaders stressed that ECOWAS’ diplomatic attempts to resolve the conflict have been repeatedly rebuffed by the Republic of Niger’s military rulership.

The ECOWAS Authority issued these judgements after the one-week deadline for constitutional order expired:

(A) Denounces the attempted coup d’état and the illegitimate imprisonment of President Mohammed Bazoum, his family, and government officials.

(B) Condemns President Bazoum’s detention and holds the CMSP accountable for his safety, security, and physical integrity.

(C) Follows all Extraordinary Summit measures and principles from July 30, 2023, in Niger.

(D) Reaffirms the ECOWAS Authority’s resolve to pursue all peaceful conflict settlement alternatives.

(E) Enforces all measures, including border closures, rigorous travel bans, and asset freezes, against any people or organizations that obstruct peaceful efforts to restore Niger’s constitutional order.

The West African leaders also urged the African Union to back their Niger crisis choices and partner nations and organizations, including the UN, to assist ECOWAS in restoring constitutional order in the Niger Republic.

The President of the ECOWAS Commission oversaw the implementation of sanctions from the inaugural special meeting in Abuja.

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