Niger Coup: ECOWAS urged to extend time for dialogue

The Economic Community for West African States, ECOWAS, has been urged to extend time for dialogue with coup leaders in Niger Republic.

Advocacy for Peace and Socio-economic Empowerment of Women and Youth, APSEWY, made the call at a news conference in Kaduna.

The group also called on President Bola Tinubu as leader of ECOWAS, to continue using diplomatic negotiations, not war.

Chairman APSEWY, Fareeda Umar-Bakori, who addressed newsmen, said Nigeria and Niger Republic had enjoyed good relationship over the years, supporting each other on critical issues of national security.

“Both Nigeria and Niger based diplomatic relations upon non- interference in the internal affairs of the other.

“Any military intervention against Niger will unavoidably and directly affect Northern Nigeria by worsening and further destabilising the region which has been plagued by insecurity.

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” It may also lead to humanitarian crises, as Nigeriens will migrate to northern states if the war intensifies,” she said.

She said war against Niger Republic would have many interested parties seeking to advance their dominance on Africa, not its development.

She urged the military ruler of Niger Republic to be opened to dialogue and avoid war that would bring more problems to its citizens and west Africa at large.

“We believe peace is always better than war,” she said.

The Military junta in Niger detained President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, and toppled the democratically elected government in the country.

This made the West African nations under ECOWAS, to finalise a plan to intervene militarily in Niger to reverse the coup after trying other peaceful means.

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