June 13, 2024

The Senate has urged the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other regional leaders to approach the political turmoil in Niger Republic cautiously. Following a nearly two-hour closed-door session to discuss President Bola Tinubu’s Friday letter on ECOWAS decisions, the Senate called on ECOWAS to enhance political, diplomatic, and alternative solutions to address the political crisis in Niger.

While strongly denouncing the Niger coup, the Senate applauded President Bola Tinubu and fellow ECOWAS Heads of State for their swift response and positions on the unfortunate situation. President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, conveyed that President Tinubu’s letter did not seek Senate approval for military action but rather requested the National Assembly’s support in implementing ECOWAS resolutions.

The Senate urged President Bola Tinubu, as ECOWAS chairman, to further encourage diplomatic and political measures to resolve the political situation in Niger Republic and restore democratic governance. The Senate leadership was tasked with engaging the President and Commander in Chief, building on the existing amicable relationship between Nigeria and Niger.

In conclusion, the Senate called on the ECOWAS Parliament to condemn the coup and propose swift solutions to resolve the crisis promptly.

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