President Tinubu’s Request
President Bola Tinubu, also the Chairman of ECOWAS, sought the support of the National Assembly for a proposed military action and other sanctions against the military officers who recently seized power in Niger Republic. The soldiers from the Presidential Guard had deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, disrupting constitutional leadership in the country. Tinubu and fellow ECOWAS leaders have resolved to restore democratic governance in Niger.
ECOWAS Defence Chiefs’ Plan
The Chiefs of Defence Staff of ECOWAS announced that a military action plan for the restoration of democracy in Niger was ready. The plan, including the date and time of deployment, awaits approval from the Heads of State and Government. They emphasized the urgency and need for a well-coordinated response to address the crisis and ensure constitutional order in Niger.
ACF’s Warning Against Military Intervention
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) cautioned President Tinubu and ECOWAS leaders against military intervention in Niger Republic. The ACF acknowledged the regional bloc’s efforts to restore democratic rule but urged the use of dialogue and diplomacy instead of force to resolve the impasse in Niger. They emphasized the importance of peaceful coexistence with the neighboring country and the stability of ECOWAS.