President Bola Tinubu has submitted a formal letter to the Senate, requesting legislative backing for the deployment of military personnel to the Niger Republic and the implementation of sanctions following the recent coup that toppled democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum.
Tinubu, who also serves as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), had previously convened a meeting of regional leaders to discuss strategies for restoring democracy and stability in Niger.
The coup, which occurred on July 26, 2023, prompted condemnation from ECOWAS and raised concerns about regional security and governance.
In his letter to the President of the Senate, President Tinubu outlined several measures aimed at pressuring the military junta in Niger to comply with ECOWAS demands and restore the democratically elected government.
The proposed actions include a military buildup and deployment of personnel to enforce compliance, the closure of land borders, the cutting off of electricity supply, the blockade of goods in transit, and the prevention of commercial and special flights to and from Niger.
President Tinubu emphasized the importance of international support for the implementation of these measures and noted that sensitization efforts were underway to inform both Nigerian and Nigerien citizens about the rationale behind these actions, particularly through social media channels.
The Senate is expected to deliberate on the president’s requests and decide on the appropriate course of action.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)