Nigeria President Bola Tinubu has written to the Nigerian Senate, informing it of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) recommended military action and other sanctions against the military leaders who recently seized power in Niger Republic..
Since the troops seized control in Niger on July 26, the leaders of the West African regional bloc led by President Tinubu have been in talks, particularly over sanctions against the coup plotters..
The junta, on the other hand, has remained steadfast. Even Tinubu’s delegation yesterday was unable to de-escalate the issue.Godswill Akpabio, President of the Senate, read his letter to the Senate on the floor of the Upper Chamber.
The letter read: “Political situation in Niger. Following the unfortunate political situation in the Niger Republic culminating in the overthrow of its President, ECOWAS under my leadership condemned the coup in its entirety and resolved to seek the return of the democratically elected government.
“In a bid to restore peace, ECOWAS convened a meeting and came out with a communique:“Closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic and reactivating of the border drilling exercise.“Cutting off electricity supply to the Niger Republic; mobilising international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique.
“Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic; blockade of goods in transit to Niger, especially from Lagos and eastern seaports.
Embarking on sensitisation of Nigerians and Nigeriens on the imperative of these actions, particularly via social media.
Military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant.