On Thursday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), dispatched a delegation to the Republic of Niger with a specific mandate to address the ongoing political impasse resulting from the recent coup in the country.
The delegation, led by former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), embarked on the mission to Niamey after being briefed by President Tinubu at the State House in Abuja. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Omar Alieu Touray, are also part of the delegation.
The decision to send the delegation followed the resolution reached at the end of the extraordinary ECOWAS summit held in Abuja last week.
Additionally, President Tinubu dispatched a separate delegation, led by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, to engage with the leaders of Libya and Algeria concerning the crisis in Niger.
During the briefing, President Tinubu charged both delegations to engage all stakeholders in a robust dialogue, with the aim of achieving a conclusive and amicable resolution to the situation in Niger. He emphasized the importance of prioritizing African peace and development over adopting the geopolitical positions of other nations.
The President asserted that their concern is centered on democracy and regional peace, and they do not wish to take sides for any particular group or interest. The primary objective is to ensure a peaceful and stable resolution to the situation for the betterment of Africa and the region.
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