President’s Pledge for Stability
President Bola Tinubu, who also holds the position of Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, commended the united stance of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in addressing the political deadlock in Niger. In a meeting with Special Envoy President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Gabon’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hermann Immongault, President Tinubu expressed gratitude for ECCAS’s support and vowed to collaborate with them to reinstate constitutional order in Niger.
Condemning Military Interference
President Tinubu stressed that ECCAS’s solidarity, particularly from President Bongo, highlights the collective aversion to military intervention in democratic governance. The special message of support from President Bongo, who also chairs ECCAS, reinforces the idea that any form of military takeover is no longer acceptable on the African continent. President Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining economic sanctions and emphasized the importance of respecting ECOWAS resolutions.
Collective Efforts for Regional Stability
In his role as both an ECOWAS leader and the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Tinubu pledged to work collaboratively with President Bongo and ECCAS to restore stability in Niger. He firmly supported the regional body’s stance against any attempts by the military junta in Niger to intimidate or harass President Mohamed Bazoum. President Tinubu assured the Special Envoy of ongoing collaboration between ECOWAS and ECCAS in finding a solution to the crisis in the region.
The meeting showcased the collective determination of West African and Central African leaders to uphold democratic governance, prevent military interference, and foster regional stability amidst ongoing challenges such as Boko Haram attacks, piracy, and refugee crises.