ECOWAS Summit: President Tinubu Advocates Dialogue for Resolving Crisis in Niger

ABUJA - In a bid to restore constitutional governance in the Republic of Niger, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has emphasized the importance of diplomacy and dialogue. Speaking at the 2nd Extraordinary Summit on the socio-political situation in Niger, President Tinubu stated that ECOWAS would engage in earnest discussions with all parties involved, including the coup leaders, to bring about a swift return to democracy.

The President highlighted the significance of finding a resolution to the crisis, not only for Niger but also for the entire West African region. He stressed the need for leaders to adhere to democratic principles, good governance, and the rule of law, as these would ensure peace, stability, and prosperity in Niger and foster an environment conducive to growth and development for all.

President Tinubu recalled the previous Extraordinary Summit held in Abuja, where ECOWAS leaders collectively condemned the military coup that had ousted Niger's democratically elected government. He noted the efforts undertaken by ECOWAS, such as the deployment of mediation teams and Special Envoys, to engage with key stakeholders within and beyond the region.

Furthermore, President Tinubu highlighted recent meetings of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff, the Chiefs of Staffs Committee, and the ECOWAS Commission's memorandum on current developments in Niger as valuable sources of insight. These insights would guide the decisions made by the Heads of State and Government at the summit.

The President emphasized the importance of assessing the progress made since the last meeting and identifying any gaps or challenges that may have hindered progress. This comprehensive evaluation would enable the leaders to chart a sustainable path towards lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in Niger.

President Tinubu expressed confidence that the 2nd ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit would play a crucial role in strengthening and integrating West Africa. He called upon fellow leaders to seize this opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of Africans by fostering a future characterized by peace, progress, and prosperity.

The opening ceremony was attended by several African leaders, including the Presidents of Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Cote 'd' Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Sierra Leone, Togo, and the Foreign Ministers of Liberia and the Gambia. Non-ECOWAS leaders, such as the Presidents of Mauritania and Burundi, were also present.

The summit concludes on August 11, 2023, with high hopes for a positive outcome that will restore democracy in Niger and promote stability in the region.

Press Contact:
Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 10, 2023

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