July 20, 2024

ECOWAS chair warns anti-democratic actors, rebels in Niger Republic 

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has warned defiant rebels in the Republic of Niger.

President Tinubu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

In the statement, President Tinubu mentioned that some eavesdropping is indicating disgusting developments around the country’s highest political leadership.

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He said, “It should be quite clear to all players in the Republic of Niger that the leadership of the ECOWAS Region and all lovers of democracy around the world will not tolerate any situation that incapacitates the democratically elected government of the country.

“The ECOWAS leadership will not accept any action that impedes the smooth functioning of legitimate authority in Niger or any part of West Africa.”

He added, “I wish to say that we are closely monitoring the situation and developments in Niger and we will do everything within our powers to ensure democracy is firmly planted, nurtured, well rooted and thrives in our region.

“I am in close consultation with other leaders in our region, and we shall protect our hard-earned democracy in line with the universally acceptable principle of constitutionalism.”

He concluded by re-emphasising his firm support for the elected government in Niger and equally conveying the absolute resolve of leaders in our sub-region that we shall not waiver or flinch on our stand to defend and preserve constitutional order.

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