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ECOWAS Reaffirms Commitment To Restoring Peace And Democratic Stability In Niger

todayAugust 11, 2023 25

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In his closing remarks at the 2nd Extraordinary Summit on the socio-political situation in Niger Republic, President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, expressed his appreciation for member states’ dedication in resolving the challenges faced by Niger. President Tinubu emphasized the power of collaboration and unity among ECOWAS member states, stating that the authorization of standby deployment of ECOWAS troops to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger is a testament to their commitment. According to a report by Statehouse.gov.ng, President Tinubu affirmed the bloc’s steadfast support for the people of Niger’s journey towards peace and democratic stability.

President Tinubu stated, “We have reaffirmed our commitment to the people of Niger and to the progress of our entire ECOWAS Community. We will continue with that. From the Communiqué of this extraordinary summit, no option is taken off the table, including the use of force as the last resort.”

 

The ECOWAS Authority Chairperson emphasized the challenges ahead but expressed confidence in the collective resolve of the region to overcome obstacles and pave the way for peace and prosperity in Niger and across ECOWAS. He concluded, “May our collective efforts pave the way for a brighter future for the Nigerien people and for all Africans. May ECOWAS continue to thrive as a beacon of unity, cooperation, and progress in the region.”

At the end of the Summit, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State issued a unanimous directive to restore constitutional order in Niger. The leaders instructed the Committee of the Chiefs of Defence Staff to activate the ECOWAS standby force immediately. A communique read by Dr. Omar Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, stated that member states whose actions impede the peaceful resolution of the crisis would face consequences within the ECOWAS community.

The communique also condemned the attempted coup d’etat and the continued illegal detention of President Mohammed Bazoom, his family, and members of his government. It further upheld all measures and principles agreed upon in the previous Extraordinary Summit on Niger and underscored the determination of the ECOWAS Authority to consider all options for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.

The West African leaders called on the African Union to endorse their decisions on the Niger crisis. They also urged partner countries and institutions, including the United Nations, to support ECOWAS in its efforts to ensure a quick restoration of constitutional order in Niger Republic.

The President of the ECOWAS Commission was tasked with overseeing the implementation of sanctions resulting from the initial Extraordinary meeting in Abuja. These measures include border closures, strict travel bans, and assets freezes on individuals or groups hindering peaceful efforts towards restoring Niger’s constitutional order.

DAILY POST

Written by: Glory Igwe

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