Tinubu hosts ECOWAS special meeting on Niger crisis

The chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will host a special meeting of the regional leaders Sunday in Abuja.

This followed the coup in Republic of Niger that had upended the constitutional political leadership in the West Africa country.

Tinubu, in a statement he personally signed, condemned the current political situation in the neighbouring country.

He promised that ECOWAS and the international community would do everything to defend democracy and ensure democratic governance continues to take firm root in the sub-region.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in separate telephone calls Thursday with Tinubu affirmed the support of the US and UN for the position taken by ECOWAS and the Nigerian leader to restore constitutional order in Niger.

Soldiers from Niger’s presidential guard deposed President Mohamed Bazoum and closed the country’s borders while entrances to government ministries were also blocked.

This is Niger’s fifth coup and marks the fall of one of the last democratically elected governments in the Sahel.