President Bola Tinubu has taken a decisive step to uphold the resolutions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regarding the situation in Niger Republic following the military coup. At an extraordinary summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government on Sunday, July 30, President Tinubu has written to the Senate seeking approval for the deployment of troops to restore democracy and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum in Niger Republic.
In a letter read by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, President Tinubu strongly condemned the coup in Niger, emphasizing that ECOWAS, under his leadership, unequivocally disapproved of the actions taken. The West African bloc, in conjunction with the international community, is determined to ensure the restoration of democracy in Niger Republic.
During the extraordinary summit, held on Sunday, July 30, ECOWAS made the following resolutions:
- Closure and monitoring of all land borders with Niger Republic and reactivating of the border drilling exercise.
- Cutting off Electricity supply to Niger Republic
- Mobilising international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique
- Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic
- Blockade of goods in transit to Niger Republic especially from Lagos and eastern seaports
- Embarking on sensitization of Nigerians and Nigeriens on the imperative of these actions particularly via social media.
- Military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger Republic should they remain recalcitrant.
The President, in the letter, maintained that as Chairman of ECOWAS, Nigeria has the obligation to lead in the implementation of the directives outlined in the communique.
Meanwhile, Niger Republic has cut off diplomatic relations with Nigeria, including France, Togo and the U.S.; and has recalled her ambassadors.