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Tinubu’s Speech at Second ECOWAS Summit on Niger Coup: Things To Know

Tinubu’s speech at the Second ECOWAS summit on the Niger coup began by acknowledging the presence of members of the commission despite the short notice. 

The President also noted that the meeting was born out of a sense of urgency and firm determination to restore peace in Niger. 

Tinubu also revealed that one of the facilitators of delegations, General Absulsalami Abubakar, former head of state of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar would update the commission on the outcome of his mission to Niamey.

Tinubu consults with Non-ECOWAS nations

Tinibu also said, “As part of coherent diplomatic initiatives, Special Envoys were dispatched to non-ECOWAS nations, particularly Libya and Algeria.” 

He also hinted that “During these engagements, the Envoy designated for Libya had the privilege of an audience with the President of Libya. This discourse resulted in an unequivocal expression of support for the resolutions adopted by ECOWAS aimed at restoring constitutional governance in Niger. In Algeria, the Envoy was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the President of the country.”

The President explained that these initiatives were aimed at presenting a cohesive and united stance regarding the ongoing circumstances in Niger.

Tinubu expresses ECOWAS’ commitment to democracy, human rights

The President further said, “Moreso, in reaffirming our relentless commitment to democracy, human rights, and the well-being of the people of Niger, it is crucial that we prioritize diplomatic negotiations and dialogue as the bedrock of our approach.”

He also added that “We must engage all parties involved, including the coup leaders, in earnest discussions to convince them to relinquish power and reinstate President Bazoum. It is our duty to exhaust all avenues of engagement to ensure a swift return to constitutional governance in Niger.”

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