President Bola Tinubu has denounced the military move to hijack power from his Niger Republic counterpart, Mohamed Bazoum.
The ECOWAS Chairman restated this in a closed door meeting with President Talon of the Benin Republic at Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
In the meeting aimed to deliberate support for the neighbouring country, President Tinubu described the plot as a military misbehaviour and development that undermines the constituted authority.
Addressing the media personnel after the meeting, the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, re-emphasised his commitment to working with other ECOWAS leaders to promote stability and peace in the West African region.
He disclosed that President Talon would proceed to Niamey, the capital city of Niger, to address the matter.
Also speaking, President Talon told press that the situation in Niger was a cause for concern for ECOWAS and President Tinubu.
He said, ”Nigeria shares borders with Niger and Benin, and we are neighbours to Niger as well. We are taking this matter seriously and responding promptly. I am confident that all necessary measures will be employed to ensure a peaceful resolution in Niger.
He continued, ”As the President of Nigeria stated, mediation efforts will be strengthened this very evening to bring about a peaceful resolution. Even when dealing with unacceptable actions, our priority is to address them through peaceful means. This remains our primary approach, and we are optimistic.”