The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected the three-year power transition plan proposed by Niger Republic’s military junta.
The development was declared by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musa, during an interview with newsmen on Sunday.
In an address on Saturday, Niger Republic’s self-declared Head of State, Abdourahmane Tchiani, said the country would return to civilian rule within three years.
The coup leader gave no details of the plan, saying only the principles for the transition would be decided within 30 days at a dialogue to be hosted by the junta.
According to Tchiani, “Our ambition is not to confiscate power. Transition period will not exceed three years. Meanwhile, political parties are urged to submit their vision for the transition within 30 days.”
The junta leader spoke after meeting with an ECOWAS delegation, led by Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Reacting to Tchiani’s proposal, Musah said ECOWAS would no longer accept prolonged transition periods in the region.
“ECOWAS is not accepting any prolonged transition again in the region. They just have to get ready to hand over in the shortest possible time.
“The earlier they give power back to civilians and concentrate on their primary responsibility, that is, defending the territorial integrity of Niger, the better for them.”
The junta leader said Niger Republic did not want a war but would defend itself against any foreign intervention, if compelled to fight.