Nigeria announces that it will lead ECOWAS to invade its neighbor Niger

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In a significant development, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has taken decisive steps to address the recent political turmoil in the Niger Republic. The regional organization, under the leadership of President Omar Alieu Touray, has issued a resolution at an extraordinary meeting held in Abuja. The resolution underscores ECOWAS’ commitment to restoring constitutional order in Niger and calls for support from the African Union (AU), partner countries, and international institutions. This move comes in the wake of defiant responses from the military junta in Niger and the continued detention of President Mohamed Bazoum and his family members.

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President Omar Alieu Touray conveyed ECOWAS’ resolution at the extraordinary meeting held in Abuja. The organization has decided to activate its standby force and deploy it to Niger to restore constitutional order. This decisive move follows the rejection of previous attempts at dialogue with the Niger Republic’s military junta. Despite repeated efforts to engage in peaceful negotiations, the coup leaders have remained unyielding, prompting ECOWAS to take stronger measures.

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Recognizing the gravity of the situation, ECOWAS has reached out to the African Union, partner nations, and international institutions for support. The regional body seeks a unified approach in addressing the political crisis in Niger and restoring stability. By rallying support from various stakeholders, ECOWAS aims to maximize the effectiveness of its efforts and ensure a swift return to constitutional governance.

The resolution adopted by ECOWAS conveys a clear and resolute message regarding the situation in Niger. The key points of the resolution include:

  1. Activation of the ECOWAS Standby Force: The committee of the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately activate the ECOWAS standby force, mobilizing all necessary elements.
  2. Deployment for Constitutional Restoration: ECOWAS has ordered the deployment of the standby force to the Niger Republic with the specific objective of restoring constitutional order.
  3. Emphasis on Peaceful Means: While taking robust action, ECOWAS underlines its unwavering commitment to resolving the crisis through peaceful means. The organization remains dedicated to finding a resolution that prioritizes stability and the rule of law.
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