Breaking: ECOWAS makes u-turn on Niger, reveals fresh resolution

The chairperson of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) has resolved to engage the actors in the Niger coup.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who revealed this on Thursday during ECOWAS second extraordinary session on the situation in Niger Republic, said the body will engage the military leaders.

“More so, in reaffirming our relentless commitment to democracy, human rights, and the well-being of the people of Niger, it is crucial that we prioritise diplomatic negotiations and dialogue as the bedrock of our approach.

“We must engage all parties involved, including the coup leaders, in earnest discussions to convince them to relinquish power and reinstate President Bazoum. It is our duty to exhaust all avenues of engagement to ensure a swift return to constitutional governance in Niger,” he said.

Tinubu said the coup in neighbouring Niger has far-reaching effects on democratically constituted governments in the sub-region.

“More specifically, as leaders of our respective nations, we must recognize that the political crisis in Niger not only poses a threat to the stability of the nation but also has far-reaching implications for the entire West African region.

“By remaining steadfast in our adherence to the principles of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law, we can restore peace, stability, and prosperity in the Republic of Niger, thereby fostering an environment conducive to growth and development for all,” he said.

After Tinubu’s remarks, the meeting entered into a closed-door session.

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