The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Bola Tinubu, has condemned the unfortunate events Niger Republic.
In a sudden reaction to the reportedly detained Niger President Mohamed Bazoum by members of the Presidential Guard , Tinubu said, “All players in the Republic of Niger, the leadership of the ECOWAS Region and all lovers of democracy around the world will not tolerate any situation that incapacitates the democratically-elected government of the country.”
In a viral reports on Wednesday, members of the guard reportedly sealed off access to the President’s residence and offices, after which, “refusing to release the President.”
The suspected coup attempt, was immediately intervened by Tinubu, in a statement he personally signed, saying, that “ECOWAS leadership will not tolerate any action that impedes the smooth functioning of legitimate authority in Niger or any part of West Africa.”
“I wish to say that we are closely monitoring the situation and developments in Niger and we will do everything within our powers to ensure democracy is firmly planted, nurtured, well rooted and thrives in our region.
“I am in close consultation with other leaders in our region, and we shall protect our hard-earned democracy in line with the universally acceptable principle of constitutionalism.
“As the Chairperson of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, I state without equivocation that Nigeria stands firmly with the elected government in Niger and equally conveys the absolute resolve of leaders in our sub-region that we shall not waiver or flinch on our stand to defend and preserve constitutional order,” Tinubu stressed.