During an extraordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Sunday, a seven-day ultimatum was issued to the Nigerien military, demanding the restoration of constitutional order and the reinstatement of ousted President Muhammed Bazoum into office.
In the meeting held at the State House, Abuja, the leaders of ECOWAS member-states recognized Bazoum as the legitimate President of Niger and took decisive actions. The bloc imposed land and border closures while also suspending all commercial flights between Niger and ECOWAS member states.
President of the ECOWAS Commission, Omar Touray, announced these decisions and disclosed that all Chiefs of Defense Staff of member states would convene an emergency meeting to strategize on effective ways to implement a possible military operation to restore Bazoum to office. He emphasized that the ECOWAS would take all necessary measures, including the use of force if required, to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger.
The urgency of the situation was evident as the ECOWAS leaders demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the restoration of legitimate governance in Niger and taking concrete actions to address the crisis.
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