In a significant development, President Bola Tinubu has urgently sought the Nigerian Senate’s approval for military action against the coup plotters who recently seized power in the neighboring Niger Republic. President Tinubu, leading the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been actively engaged in discussions to address the political crisis and enforce sanctions against the military junta.
Since the military takeover on July 26th, ECOWAS, under Tinubu’s leadership, has vehemently condemned the coup and worked towards restoring the democratically elected government in Niger. Diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation have not yielded results, prompting the regional bloc to consider stronger measures.
In his letter to the Nigerian Senate, read on the floor by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, President Tinubu outlined a comprehensive strategy to pressure the coup plotters and support the return of democratic governance in Niger. The proposed measures include closing and monitoring all land borders, reactivating border drills, cutting off electricity supply, mobilizing international support, preventing commercial and special flights, and blockading goods in transit to Niger.
Furthermore, a sensitization campaign via social media aims to raise awareness of the urgency and significance of these actions. Should the military junta remain defiant, President Tinubu has requested military build-up and deployment to ensure compliance with ECOWAS’ demands.
The Nigerian Senate is now tasked with deliberating on Tinubu’s request for approval of military intervention and sanctions, carefully considering the potential implications on regional stability and international relations.
The situation in Niger is being closely monitored by the international community, as ECOWAS strives to restore democracy and address the political crisis in the West African region.
Source: Vanguard News
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