Strengthening ECOWAS Support: President Tinubu Applauds ECCAS Solidarity For Niger Republic

In a remarkable display of unity and support, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commended the solidarity shown by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in addressing the political impasse within the Republic of Niger.

President Tinubu’s words of appreciation were articulated during a significant encounter with President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s Special Envoy and Mr. Hermann Immongault, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Gabon.

The rendezvous took place at the prestigious State House in Abuja on a Tuesday.

The message relayed by President Bongo, who concurrently holds the position of ECCAS Chairman, resonates deeply.

It underscores the unwavering commitment of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) to its resolutions regarding the unconstitutional seizure of governmental power in Niger.

This incident underscores the resolute stance against military intervention in democratic governance, particularly in Africa.

Reflecting on President Bongo’s support, President Tinubu lauded the solidarity demonstrated and echoed the sentiment that the intervention by well-meaning stakeholders is instrumental in resolving the situation.

He empathetically acknowledges the concerns of the people regarding potential military action and reassures that deliberate efforts are underway to uphold the established sanctions meticulously.

The alignment of ECCAS with ECOWAS principles is reaffirming and reinforces the unacceptability of meddling in democratic governance.

As the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Tinubu is committed to collaborating with President Bongo and ECCAS to restore the constitutional order within Niger.

The unity showcased within the regional body translates into a collective determination not to yield to any form of coercion or harassment perpetrated by the military junta against President Mohamed Bazoum.

The unyielding commitment of President Tinubu and ECOWAS was iterated to President Bongo by the Special Envoy.

The actions taken thus far to reinstate democratic practices in Niger have garnered commendation.

The solidarity between ECOWAS and ECCAS, alongside the leadership of President Tinubu, receives unequivocal support.

The Special Envoy’s words convey the depth of concern and collective responsibility within the region.

The unequivocal condemnation of the coup in Niger by President Bongo and ECCAS resonates deeply.

The endorsement of ECOWAS and President Tinubu’s leadership in steering the course toward democratic governance’s restoration showcases the unity within the West African region.

The interconnectedness between West and Central Africa is vividly highlighted.

With challenges like Boko Haram’s activity in Cameroon, piracy plaguing the Gulf of Guinea, and the refugee crisis in Chad, the repercussions extend across borders.

President Bongo’s commitment to collaborate and synergize efforts with ECOWAS signifies a shared aspiration to resolve the ECOWAS crisis comprehensively.

The Special Envoy intends to bridge the gap between ECCAS and the military authorities in Niger.

This rapport-building exercise aims to convey the firm resolve and unity between the two regional bodies.

As the days unfold, the intention is to instill confidence and drive cohesive action towards democratic restoration.

Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to President Tinubu (Media & Publicity), echoes the sentiments expressed during this momentous encounter.

The date, August 15, 2023, stands as a testament to the unwavering resolve of President Tinubu and the collective strength of ECOWAS and ECCAS in fostering democratic governance across the region.

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