Pesident Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who currently holds the esteemed position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and serves as the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has taken a proactive step in addressing the political situation unfolding in the Republic of Niger.
A new Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Conference has been swiftly convened under President Tinubu’s leadership. The upcoming Summit, set to transpire on Thursday, August 10, 2023, will be hosted in the vibrant city of Abuja, Nigeria. This gathering holds paramount importance as it aims to address the pressing concerns surrounding the political landscape of Niger.
Distinguished leaders from across the West African region will converge in the Nigerian capital for this pivotal Summit. The agenda centers around open discussions and deliberations concerning the recent political developments that have unfolded within the Republic of Niger.
The leaders of a coup in Niger are digging in their heels as they face a looming deadline from neighbors to give up power or face possible military action.
Regional bloc the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the Nigerien military a Sunday deadline to release and reinstate the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum.
Mali and Burkina Faso, led by soldiers who seized power forcefully, have stated that any military intervention would be seen as a declaration of war.
Niger’s new military leader, General Abdourahamane Tchiani has also asked Mali for support.
Mali however has considerably reduced military capacity after expelling the French military and asking UN soldiers to leave the country after a 10-year peacekeeping mission.