Niger: ECOWAS Committed to Democracy, Human Rights – Tinubu

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    Chairman of the Economic Community of West African State, President Bola Tinubu, said the regional bloc was committed to protecting democracy and human rights in Niger Republic.

    According to the Nigerian President, the regional bloc must engage the coup leaders in the neighboring country to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum.

    Tinubu spoke on Thursday in Abuja when he declared open the ECOWAS second extraordinary session on the situation in Niger Republic.

    He said, “More so, 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.

    “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.”

    Tinubu said the coup in neighboring Niger has far-reaching effects on democratically constituted governments in the sub-region.

    “More specifically, as leaders of our respective nations, we must recognize that the political crisis in Niger not only poses a threat to the stability of the nation but also has far-reaching implications for the entire West African region.

    “By remaining steadfast in our adherence to the principles of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law, we can restore peace, stability, and prosperity in the Republic of Niger, thereby fostering an environment conducive to growth and development for all,” he said.