The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have taken a resolute stance in response to the escalating situation in Niger Republic, directing the immediate activation of the utilization of military force against the military junta that has seized control of the country. This significant decision was made during an Extraordinary Summit convened to address the pressing political turmoil within the nation. The summit witnessed the participation of eight distinguished leaders representing member countries of ECOWAS, in addition to the presence of Foreign Ministers from Liberia and the Gambia.
In a concerted effort to bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis, ECOWAS leaders have consistently extended invitations for dialogue to the leaders of the Niger Republic military junta. Regrettably, these overtures have been met with obstinate resistance, as the coup leaders have adamantly spurned all attempts at negotiation. The junta’s unwavering rejection of dialogue has further intensified concerns within the international community, and ECOWAS leaders have unequivocally expressed their condemnation of the continuous detention of President Mohamed Bazoum and his immediate family members.
Recognizing the gravity of the situation and the need to restore stability to Niger Republic, the resolution passed by ECOWAS leaders not only signifies their commitment to uphold democratic principles and protect the rights of citizens but also underscores the organization’s determination to take decisive actions to ensure the region’s peace and security.
In a display of solidarity and shared responsibility, ECOWAS has called upon the African Union (AU), partner countries, and other relevant institutions to rally behind their resolution and provide support for the measures being taken. The gravity of the situation has also prompted the attendance of President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania and his Burundian counterpart, President Everiste Ndayishimiye, at the second Extraordinary Summit convened by ECOWAS. Their presence underscores the regional urgency and collective determination to address the crisis effectively.
The Extraordinary Summit, which was hosted in Abuja, serves as a testament to ECOWAS’s dedication to fostering stability, peace, and prosperity within the West African region. As the situation unfolds, the international community will closely monitor the developments emanating from the ECOWAS-led initiative, while hoping for a swift resolution that safeguards democratic governance and the well-being of the Niger Republic’s citizens.