Bola Tinubu has written to the Nigerian Senate, seeking approval for military action and other sanctions against the military officers who recently seized power in the Niger Republic. The proposed action is being taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Since the soldiers seized power in Niger on July 26, the leaders of the West African regional bloc, headed by Tinubu, have been in discussions, particularly on sanctions against the coup plotters. However, the junta has remained adamant, and not even a delegation by Tinubu could de-escalate the situation.
The letter to the Senate was read on the floor of the Upper Chamber by Senate President Godswill Akpabio. In it, Tinubu outlined the political situation in Niger and ECOWAS’s condemnation of the coup. He also detailed the measures that ECOWAS has resolved to take in order to restore peace and seek the return of the democratically elected government.
These measures include closing and monitoring all land borders with Niger, cutting off electricity supply to Niger, mobilizing international support for the implementation of ECOWAS’s communique, preventing commercial and special flights into and from Niger, blocking goods in transit to Niger, and embarking on a sensitization campaign for Nigerians and Nigeriens.
In addition, BAT’s letter called for a military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance by the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant.
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