Northern Elders Forum Urges Tinubu To Remove Sanctions On Niger Republic

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has called on President Bola Tinubu to lift economic sanctions imposed on neighbouring Niger Republic.

During ECOWAS extraordinary meeting, the decision was made to deploy standby military troops to restore constitutional order in Niger Republic.

The convener of NEF, Ango Abdullahi, expressed concern on the use of force to restore constitutional order in Niger Republic, suggesting that it was unlikely to yield positive results.

The body, however, rejected in totality any attempt to overthrow the constitutional order by the Nigerien military.

Abdullahi said that the safety of President Bazoum, his family and restoration of the constitutional order must remain non-negotiable priorities.

The elder statesman stressed that the military leaders in Niger must accord due cognizance and respect for the position of ECOWAS, whose fundamental principles and goals the Niger Republic submitted to.

NEF said that active negotiations regarding Bazoum and the plans of the military leadership in Niger should commence immediately, adding that Nigeria was uniquely placed to engage the leadership of Niger Republic to accept these with minimum delay.

Abdullahi reiterated that President Bola Tinubu as the Chairman of ECOWAS and leader of Nigerians should explore ways of balancing these responsibilities without doing any injury to the position of Nigeria and Nigerians on Niger Republic and the unity of the ECOWAS.

“The Forum notes the apology offered by the military leaders in Niger to our president over the manner his envoys, General Abdulsalami and His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto were received. It advises that this should be treated as a sign of the respect and esteem with which Nigeria and President Tinubu are held by the putschists, which should not be wasted,” he said.

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