Northern Senators Forum commends ECOWAS leaders for lifting sanctions on Niger


Northern Senators Forum ( NSF) has commended  leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. 

In a statement issued by spokesperson of the forum , Senator Summaila Kawu ( NNPP Kano South), in Abuja Sunday said the Northern Senators said they are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by them  individually and collectively on the subject matter.

The statement reads in part, “The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organisation’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. 

“We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

“We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic.

“These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. 

“We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

“As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation.”