Niger coup: ECOWAS military chiefs take action as protesters call Tinubu ebola
by Treasure Orokpo August 5, 2023
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ECOWAS Defence Chiefs held an extraordinary three-day meeting in Abuja, where they stressed the importance of a comprehensive approach encompassing political, diplomatic, and security dimensions to tackle the situation in Niger Republic.
General Christopher Musa, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff and President of the committee, commended ECOWAS for standing firmly in support of democracy, with the collective backing of the militaries of member countries. The gravity of the situation in Niger was recognized by the committee, highlighting the need for a well-coordinated response.
“We have acknowledged the broader implications for democracy, peace, and stability in West Africa, and our discussions have generated valuable insights and actionable recommendations,” stated General Musa.
The committee emphasized the urgency of a comprehensive approach that addresses political, security, and diplomatic aspects of the crisis. The key goal is to effectively tackle the crisis at hand and prevent its recurrence in the future. Democracy remains the core principle upheld by ECOWAS, and the military chiefs unanimously agreed that there are no alternative democratic principles and rule of law in the region.
The coup in Niger was characterized as a blatant disregard for the fundamental principles that underpin regional integration and stability. With representation from several member countries, including Togo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Gambia, Cote D’ivoire, Cape Verde, and Benin, the meeting facilitated vital discussions on the pressing matter.
Notably, Niger, Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso were absent from the meeting, and the significance of their absence raised questions about their stance on the crisis.
As West Africa grapples with the unfolding situation in Niger, the collective efforts and comprehensive approach advocated by ECOWAS Defence Chiefs aim to address the crisis effectively, restore democratic governance, and uphold peace and stability in the region