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Niger Coup: What Tinubu Told ECOWAS Leaders In Abuja


Niger Coup: What Tinubu Told ECOWAS Leaders In Abuja

The Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS), President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, has stressed the need to prioritise diplomatic negotiations and dialogue as the bedrock of her approach to handle the military coup in the Republic of Niger.
He spoke on Thursday while declaring open the Second Extraordinary Summit of the regional body on the Socio-Political Situation in the Republic of Niger.
The body had scheduled another meeting after the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum the regional bloc issued for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum.
Recall ECOWAS had slammed sanctions on Niger and a threatened possible military option; a move that was widely rejected, especially in Nigeria.

Tinubu in his opening remarks, said all parties involved, including the coup leaders, must be engaged in earnest discussions to convince them to relinquish power and reinstate President Bazoum.

He added that the political crisis in Niger not only posed a threat to the stability of the nation but also had far-reaching implications for the entire West African region.
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