In a strategic bid to navigate the ongoing political turmoil in Niger, President Bola Tinubu has opted for diplomatic engagement, appointing key envoys to negotiate with the military junta.
Former head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar leads a high-level delegation, including Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, as special envoy to Niger.
Simultaneously, veteran diplomat and politician Babagana Kingibe has been entrusted with a diplomatic mission to Libya and Algeria to convey ECOWAS’s concerns regarding the coup in Niger.
Presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale confirmed President Tinubu’s directive, emphasizing the imperative to robustly engage all relevant stakeholders to reach a comprehensive and harmonious resolution to the situation in Niger.
The President’s approach underscores his commitment to upholding African peace and fostering development, rather than aligning with external geopolitical interests.
The clock continues to tick on the 7-day deadline set for the coup makers to restore democracy, heightening the urgency for diplomatic efforts to swiftly address the crisis and pave the way for a peaceful resolution.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)