Niger Coup: Senate rejects Military action - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Saturday, August 5, 2023

Niger Coup: Senate rejects Military action

The Senate has asked the Chairman of the Economic  Community of  West  African  States, (ECOWAS) and other leaders of the region to tread sofly in addressing the political quagmire in Niger Republic.

Rising from a closed door session  that lasted close to two hours to discuss the letter written to the Senate  on Friday by President  Bola Tinubu on the decisions taken by the regional body, the Senate asked ECOWAS to strengthen political and diplomatic options and other means with a view to resolving the political crisis in Niger Republic.

The Senate  while condemning  the Niger coup in totality, commended  the Chairman, President Bola Tinubu and other Heads of State of the other States of ECOWAS for their prompt response and the positions taken on the unfortunate development in Niger Republic. 

Reading the resolutions of the Senators after the meeting,  the President  of  the  Senate,  Senator  Godswill  Akpabio  said that "the Senate recognizes that president Tinubu via his correspondence has not asked for the approval of the parliament of this Senate to go to war as erroneously suggested in some quarters.

"Rather Mr President has expressed a wish to respectfully solicit the support of the National Assembly in the successful implementation of the resolutions of the ECOWAS as outlined in the said communication. 

"The Senate calls on the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Chairman of ECOWAS to further encourage other leaders of ECOWAS to strengthen political and diplomatic options and other means with a view to resolving the political compass in Niger Republic.

"The National Assembly told the ECOWAS under the leadership of president Tinubu in resolving the political situation in Niger and returning the country to democratic governance in the nearest future. 

"The leadership of the Senate is mandated to further engage with the president and Commander in Chief on behalf of the Senate and the entire National Assembly how best to resolve the issue in view of the hitherto existing cordial relationship between Nigeriens and Nigerians. 

"Finally, the Senate calls on the ECOWAS parliament to rise to the occasion by equally condemning this coup and also positing solutions to resolving this compass as soon as possible."

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