The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government addressed the issue on Thursday that the seven-day ultimatum given to the military junta in the Republic of Niger, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammad Bazoum, has not produced the intended outcomes.
It appears that the regional body is inclined to pursue a course of dialogue and diplomatic negotiations as a means to restore democracy in the Republic of Niger.
During his opening statement at the extraordinary Summit hosted at the Old Banquet Hall in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Tinubu emphasized that a comprehensive resolution to the Niger crisis would involve all relevant parties, including the coup leaders.
Tinubu remarked, “As we reassert our unwavering dedication to democracy, human rights, and the welfare of the Nigerien people, it is of paramount importance that we prioritize diplomatic negotiations and constructive dialogue as the foundation of our approach.”
He further elaborated, “We must engage all stakeholders, including the coup leaders, in substantive discussions to persuade them to relinquish control and reinstate President Bazoum. It is our responsibility to explore every avenue of engagement to ensure a swift return to constitutional governance in Niger.”
Tinubu underscored the broader significance of the political turmoil in Niger, highlighting that it not only threatens the nation’s stability but also carries extensive implications for the entire West African region.
He continued, “By adhering resolutely to the principles of democracy, effective governance, and the rule of law, we can reinstate tranquility, stability, and prosperity in the Republic of Niger, fostering an environment conducive to progress and development for all.”
Recalling events, the ECOWAS Chairman reminded the gathering that during a previous meeting, the military junta had been instructed to restore the democratically elected President. However, this directive remained unheeded.
“As you may recall, we urged the junta to reverse their decision to overthrow a legitimate government. We subsequently imposed sanctions with the hope that this resolute measure would catalyze the reinstatement of constitutional order in Niger,” noted Tinubu.
“Regrettably, the seven-day ultimatum issued during the initial Summit has not yielded the desired outcome. Despite deploying various ECOWAS mediation teams in diligent efforts, engaging the military junta for a peaceful resolution of the political crisis has been met with challenges,” he concluded.
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