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President of Nigeria Seeks to Avoid Military Intervention in Niger Coup

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President of Nigeria Seeks to Avoid Military Intervention in Niger Coup
Nigeria's President and current rotating head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is working to prevent a military intervention against the coup in Niger. Tinubu is managing the delicate situation and attempting to maintain control within ECOWAS. The possibility of military action divides the region, with some countries in favor and others opposing it.

Abuja - The President of Nigeria and current rotating head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has stated that he is attempting to "manage" the bloc in order to avoid a military intervention against the coup in Niger.

In a statement issued by the Nigerian presidency on Thursday, Tinubu said, "I have received numerous calls this morning regarding preparations by ECOWAS countries, their respective armies, and possible contributions. But I told them to wait."

Tinubu described the situation as very delicate, stating that if ECOWAS were to back away, "other people will react," without providing further details.

The Nigerian presidency issued the statement following Tinubu's meeting on Thursday with a group of prominent Muslim clerics, to whom he appealed to speak with the Nigerien coup leaders and try to persuade them to relinquish power.

The religious leaders traveled to Niger on July 19th and convinced the military junta to receive a delegation from ECOWAS led by former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Abdulsalami Abubakar, a visit that the junta had previously refused.

The option of a regional military intervention against the junta that seized power in Niger on July 26th has been on the table since July 30th when it was announced by the heads of state and government of ECOWAS. However, they have also expressed their continued commitment to dialogue to resolve the crisis.

So far, the military junta in Niamey has not only ignored the threats but has also appointed a new prime minister and established a transitional government, warning that the use of force will be met with an "immediate" and "robust" response.

Potential military action has divided the region, with the governments of Nigeria, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal confirming the availability of their armies to intervene in Niger.

On the other hand, Mali and Burkina Faso, both neighboring countries of Niger and governed by military juntas that also came to power by force, oppose the use of force and argue that any intervention in Niger would constitute a declaration of war against them as well.

Chad, Guinea-Conakry, Algeria, and Cape Verde have also rejected military intervention and argue that the solution must be found through dialogue.

Likewise, the African Union (AU) has spoken out against the possibility of military intervention but suspended Niger's membership in the organization until the effective restoration of constitutional order.

The coup in Niger was led on July 26th by the self-proclaimed National Council for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), which announced the President's removal and the suspension of the Constitution.

Niger is the fifth country in West Africa to be led by a military junta, following Mali, Guinea-Conakry, and Burkina Faso, all of which experienced military coups between 2020 and 2022.

In addition to Chad, where the current President dissolved the Parliament, suspended the Constitution, and assumed leadership of a military junta following the alleged death of his father in combat.

Since the overthrow of the regime of President Mohamed Bazoum, the international community has feared further instability in the Sahel region, which faces growing insurgencies by Islamic fundamentalist groups affiliated with the extremist groups ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

A broad group of countries, including the United States, as well as the UN and the European Union, have called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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