Why junta govt in Niger won’t stand — FG


President Bola Tinubu-led administration has explained why the international Community should support the regional bloc—ECOWAS in its efforts to restore constitutional government in Niger Republic.

It argued that if the military government is allowed to stay, it will further dent the reputation of the regional organization.

Though, it said the use of force would be the last option if the diplomatic fire works that is ongoing should fail.

Mohamed Bazoum, the embattled president of Niger was overthrown in a coup masterminded by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani ion July 26.

Already, the regional bloc—ECOWAS has slammed multiple sanctions on the country, including freezing of assets in commercial banks in member states, travel ban amongst others.

While briefing the Diplomatic Corps on the current political face-off in Niger Republic Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry, Foreign Affairs Amb. Adamu Lamuwa said the current situation has raised serious concerns about the stability of the region.

He said, ”No doubt, the developments in Niger, like Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea, have raised serious concerns about regional stability and democratic principles in the region. There is concern that the success of the coup in Niger would significantly dampen ECOWAS’s reputation, especially if the country joins the ranks of others that are governed by unconstitutional leaders, such as Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali.”

“The ECOWAS authority aims to ensure that the life of President Bazoum, his family members and other political leaders detained alongside him are preserved and their constitutional rights protected. The Region holds that President Bazoum remains the legitimate President and Head of State of the Republic of Niger, recognized and supported by ECOWAS, the AU and the International Community and therefore rejects any form of resignation that may purportedly come from him, perhaps under duress.”

Adamu however disclosed that dialogue was still ongoing and hopefully it will not get to the point of deploying troops to restore democratic rule.

He called on the international community on the need to be resolute in its support for ECOWAS’ stand.