Atedo Peterside, a Nigerian entrepreneur, investment banker, and economist, has expressed concerns about the closure of the Niger Republic airspace. He believes that this closure will lead to increased difficulties for Nigerians, particularly those planning to travel to Europe.
The closure of the Niger Republic airspace came about due to the threat of invasion from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), which demanded the military junta to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum within one month.
Peterside shared his thoughts on this situation via his social media platform where he highlighted that the situation could become even more dire if Burkina Faso or Mali also decide to deny overflight rights to aircraft bound for Nigeria.
According to him, “Closure of Niger Republic airspace will increase the cost of flights from Nigeria to Europe. If Burkina Faso and/ or Mali join Niger in declining overflight rights to Nigerian-bound aircraft, then inbound and outbound flights from Nigeria to Europe will become very expensive.”
Daily Trust reporters currently stationed at the Nigerian borders with Niger in the states of Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, and Borno have conveyed that despite the absence of direct conflict, countless individuals are facing immense difficulties due to the uncertainty stemming from the high costs and scarcities of essential necessities such as food and medication.
Both Nigerian residents and their Nigerien counterparts have expressed a strong aversion to war, urging the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reconsider their stance, aligning with the resounding appeals made by influential organizations and individuals.
As of now, ECOWAS has not disclosed its intended course of action following the conclusion of the ultimatum provided to the coup leaders.
The military administration in Niger, having declared their Commander General, Abdourahamane Tchiani, as the new head of state, remains resolute in their decision not to succumb to external pressures.
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