May 21, 2024

President Bola Tinubu [Credit: Tinubu] has issued fresh sanctions against individuals, groups, and organizations identified as providing support to the military junta in the Republic of Niger.

Ajuri Ngelale, the special media and publicity adviser to President Bola Tinubu, shared this information on Tuesday in Abuja while addressing reporters at the State House.

Ngelale stated that Mr. Tinubu has instructed the acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to carry out these measures in line with the ECOWAS protocol.

“I am pleased to inform that following the lapse of the ultimatum deadline and in line with the established collective stance on financial penalties directed at the military junta, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commanded a supplementary round of financial penalties,” he explained.

He went on to clarify that the sanctions are being executed through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) against entities and individuals connected to or associated with the military junta in Niger Republic.

Regarding the ultimatum given to the junta, Mr. Ngelale criticized media reports that wrongly attributed ECOWAS’s decision to the Nigerian president.

“Regarding the ultimatum given to the military junta in Niger Republic, it is important to clarify that the ECOWAS mandate and ultimatum is not a singularly Nigerian directive. President Bola Tinubu, in his capacity as ECOWAS chairman, wishes to underscore this fact.”

“For this reason, the president has found it imperative to unequivocally state that the mandate and ultimatum issued by ECOWAS are representative of ECOWAS’s official position,” he added.

Ngelale explained that subsequent to the expiration of the ECOWAS ultimatum, the president has expanded international and domestic consultations, including discussions with state governors in Nigeria situated along the Niger Republic border. These consultations cover the multifaceted ramifications of the unfortunate circumstances in Niger.

“President Tinubu wants to emphasize that ECOWAS’s reaction to the military coup in Niger is and will continue to be free from ethnic or religious biases. The regional alliance comprises a variety of sub-regional ethnic and religious groups, reflecting the diversity of humanity. Therefore, ECOWAS’s response embodies the interests of all these groups, rather than any individual group,” Ngelale emphasized.

He concluded by noting that all possible courses of action are under consideration as the extraordinary ECOWAS Heads of State and Government summit convenes in Abuja on Thursday.

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