Tinubu advises ECOWAS to prioritise mutual dialogue in Niger crises

Nigerian President and Chairman of ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu is currently presiding over the 2nd Extraordinary Summit to examine developments in the Socio-Political situation in the Republic of Niger.

Declaring open the meeting, the Chairman of ECOWAS President Bola Tinubu stressed the need to prioritize diplomatic negotiations and dialogue in the call for the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

He said the meeting was convened to also decide and adopt resolutions on the next line of action, following the junta’s adamance in yielding to the ECOWAS ultimatum to restore democracy.

“We called on the junta to rescind its decision of toppling a legitimate government. We proceeded to impose sanctions with the hope that this resolute measure would serve as a catalyst for the restoration of the constitutional order in Niger. Regrettably, the seven-day ultimatum we issued during the first Summit has not yielded the desired outcome. We have also made diligent efforts, through the deployment of various ECOWAS mediation teams, to engage the military junta for a peaceful resolution of the political situation”, President Tinubu explained.

He also stated that as part of a coherent diplomatic initiative, special envoys were dispatched to non-ECOWAS nations, particularly Libya and Algeria, which have expressed support for the resolutions adopted by ECOWAS, aimed at restoring constitutional governance in Niger.

The Chairman of ECOWAS said the summit would provide a significant opportunity to meticulously review and assess the progress made since the last gathering.

“Only through this comprehensive assessment can we collectively chart a sustainable path towards lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in Niger. Moreso, in reaffirming our relentless commitment to democracy, human rights, and the well-being of the people of Niger, it is crucial that we prioritize diplomatic negotiations and dialogue as the bedrock of our approach,” he stressed.

President Tinubu said as leaders, they must recognise that the political crisis in Niger would not only poses a threat to the stability of their respective nations, but that it would also have far-reaching implications for the entire West African region.

He urged them to remain steadfast in their adherence to the principles of good governance and the rule of law, arguing that they had the potential to restore peace, stability, and prosperity in the Republic of Niger, thereby fostering an environment conducive to growth and development.

The ECOWAS Chairman urged member-states to seize the opportunity offered by the meeting to make a lasting impact on the lives of their fellow Africans, as they strive to build a future defined by peace, progress, and prosperity.

The summit will also listen to the outcome of the meeting of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff, and a memorandum by the President of the ECOWAS Commission on current socio-political developments in Niger, which will give direction to the next line of action.

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