NIGER COUP: Tinubu Seeks Approval From Senate For Military Action

President Bola Tinubu has sought approval from the Senate for military action against the military junta in the Niger Republic.

In his writing to the Senate, Tinubu also sought the backing of the legislature on the intention to cut off of electricity to the country.

It had been reported that Niger’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, was toppled by his guards.

President Tinubu, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, had met with some ECOWAS leaders on Sunday, to discuss appropriate ways to restore democracy in Niger.

The meeting with leaders of the West African was to discuss sanctions to be placed against the military personnel who toppled Bazoum on July 26, 2023.

The President’s letter read, “Political situation in Niger. Following the unfortunate political situation in Niger Republic culminating in the overthrow of its President, ECOWAS under my leadership condemned the coup in its entirety and resolved to seek the return of the democratically elected govt in a bid to restore peace, ECOWAS convened a meeting and came out with a communique.”

The president further sought support for, “Military buildup and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant.

“Closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic and reactivating of the border drilling exercise.

“Cutting off Electricity supply to the Niger Republic, mobilising international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique.”

“Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic; Blockade of goods in transit to Niger especially from Lagos and eastern seaports,” he added.

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