The ECOWAS Parliament encountered a division in perspectives on Saturday regarding the most suitable approach to addressing the political deadlock triggered by the coup in Niger Republic.
During an extraordinary virtual meeting, 22 parliamentarians deliberated on the Niger Republic crisis and presented differing opinions on how to proceed. While some members advocated for measures to prevent military interventions in governance across the region, others asserted that dialogue and diplomacy were the most effective methods to resolve the crisis.
Those opposing military action highlighted the potential consequences for the population if external forces were to invade the country to remove the coup leaders. Ali Djibo, representing Niger Republic, noted that the crisis had already led to the closure of more than 9,000 schools, emphasizing that dialogue, rather than military intervention, should be pursued as the preferred solution. He stressed that history had shown that military actions rarely yielded positive outcomes anywhere in the world.
Djibo expressed concerns about the economic impact of warfare on the people of the sub-region, highlighting the difficulties in transportation and trade that had arisen due to the ongoing crisis. He emphasized that applying the principles of the ECOWAS treaty should be consistent and applicable to all member states.
Awaji-Inombek Dagomie Abiante from Rivers, Nigeria, stressed the significance of addressing the root causes of coups in ECOWAS countries. He argued that a diplomatic approach was essential to resolve the crisis effectively and emphasized the need to pay close attention to the underlying issues that lead to such situations.
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