During the second day of their meeting in Ghana, defence chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) engaged in extensive discussions regarding the potential military intervention in Niger Republic. This deliberation comes in response to the directive issued by ECOWAS leaders in Abuja, which orders the deployment of a Standby Force to Niger Republic with the aim of restoring civil rule and reinstating President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted.
The outcome of the discussions, which transpired on Friday, is keenly anticipated throughout the West African sub-region. ECOWAS leaders have demonstrated a united stance on restoring democracy in Niger and reinstating its legitimate leadership.
Despite the regional call for intervention, concerns and warnings have emerged within Nigeria regarding the potential military invasion of Niger Republic by ECOWAS forces. These concerns reflect the cautious approach being urged to prevent unintended consequences and the escalation of conflict in the neighboring country.
Amidst these discussions, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, underscored the importance of democracy and stability in the region. He emphasized that the focus of the gathering extended beyond reactive measures, aiming to proactively pave a path toward peace and stability. General Musa stated, “Democracy is what we stand for and it’s what we encourage.”
As the deliberations continue, the decisions taken by ECOWAS leaders and defence chiefs will significantly influence the course of action taken to restore order in Niger Republic and maintain regional stability.