June 13, 2024

Yesterday, Nigerians rejected ECOWAS leaders’ plan to send troops to Niger Republic, aiming to remove the military junta. On July 26, General Abdourhamane Tchiani led a coup, holding the elected President Mohamed Bazoum and his family captive at Niamey’s Presidential Palace. ECOWAS convened an extraordinary meeting, directing its standby force to restore constitutional order. Former Nigerian Army Provost Marshal, Brigadier-Gen Don Idada Ikpomwen, supported the Niger takeover, deeming it a welcomed revolution. He argued against military intervention, emphasizing sovereignty and the Nigerian Senate’s rejection. Ikpomwen advocated a diplomatic approach, stressing that forceful intervention contradicts democratic principles and can’t address corruption and destruction in leadership.

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