President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), affirmed the bloc’s commitment to resolving the ongoing crisis in Niger Republic, stating that all options remain on the table, including the use of force as a last resort.
The Nigerian leader’s remarks came during the closing of the summit held in Abuja, where leaders grappled with the complex challenges posed by the political instability in Niger and the broader region.
Addressing the summit’s attendees, President Tinubu emphasized that the summit’s communiqué clearly indicates that no potential solution is being excluded, underlining that the use of force would be considered only as a last resort.
The commitment to supporting Niger’s peaceful and democratic stability remains unwavering, reflecting ECOWAS’s determination to ensure the well-being of the nation and its citizens.
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President Tinubu acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead, but expressed confidence that ECOWAS, through collective effort and resolution, will navigate these obstacles to foster enduring peace and prosperity not only in Niger but also across member countries.
The Nigerian leader commended fellow leaders for their steadfast dedication to the sub-region and the welfare of the African continent.
He lauded their “unwavering commitment” to ECOWAS, acknowledging their valuable contributions during the extraordinary summit.
Reflecting on the tumultuous circumstances and complex decisions faced by the regional body, President Tinubu expressed gratitude for the recognition given to him, the government, and the people of Nigeria.
He expressed hope that these collective efforts will pave the way for a brighter future for the people of Niger and all Africans.
The summit’s discussions took place in the wake of an ultimatum given to Niger’s coup leaders to reinstate the elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, who was detained on July 26. The regime’s non-compliance with the deadline signaled further defiance.
The subsequent announcement of a new government, with Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine at the helm and generals from the military governing council at key ministries, has fueled discussions about potential military intervention and the need to restore democratic governance in Niger.