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Fri, Aug 25, 2023 8:25 AM

President Tinubu under Pressure to Intervene in Niger Crisis, Awaits Peaceful Resolution

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President Tinubu under Pressure to Intervene in Niger Crisis, Awaits Peaceful Resolution
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is facing intense pressure to intervene in the political crisis in Niger, but he is holding back in hopes of a peaceful resolution. As the Chairman of ECOWAS, Tinubu is playing a key role in facilitating dialogue between the Niger junta and Islamic leaders. He emphasized the need for swifter progress in these discussions. While other countries are ready to intervene militarily, Tinubu is leading a diplomatic approach. He called for the junta to be held accountable for the crisis and pledged ECOWAS' commitment to finding a peaceful solution.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is currently facing immense pressure to intervene in the political crisis that has engulfed Niger, but he is holding back for now as he remains optimistic about a peaceful resolution. As the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government, Tinubu is at the forefront of efforts to find a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the crisis.

Tinubu's stance was revealed during a meeting with a delegation of Islamic scholars (Ulamas) who have been engaged in discussions with the Niger junta to facilitate the restoration of constitutional democratic governance in the country. The Ulamas informed Tinubu that the junta is open to deeper dialogue with ECOWAS and has shown a willingness to avoid armed conflict.

While other individuals and countries are urging for swifter intervention, President Tinubu highlighted that he is actively working to prevent escalation of violence. He acknowledged the seriousness of the situation and revealed that he is managing the delicate balance between different interests.

Speaking to the Ulamas, Tinubu stated, "I am managing a very serious situation. If you take ECOWAS aside, other people will react, those who are outside of our control. I am the one holding those sides back. I am the one holding back ECOWAS."

He further emphasized the urgency of the situation, adding, "Even as at this morning, I have been inundated with phone calls on the readiness of countries with their military force and contributions. However, I told them to wait. I am meeting with the Ulamas, and I will get back to you."

President Tinubu reiterated the importance of holding the junta accountable for their actions, emphasizing that they cannot use their power to jeopardize the sovereignty of the Niger Republic and turn it against the people. He assured the Islamic delegation that ECOWAS remains committed to engaging all stakeholders and working towards a peaceful resolution.

In response to the request from the Ulamas, President Tinubu has promised increased palliatives for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Nigeria. He also appealed to state governments to ensure transparency and accountability in the distribution and management of these palliatives.

Tinubu urged Nigerians to hold their governors accountable for the proper distribution of resources, stating, "Even if I set up a panel, I will have to go through the governors and the local governments. We will continue to talk to the governors. Nigerians must hold them accountable."

He concluded by reiterating his commitment to finding a peaceful resolution in Niger, "I will draw a line in the sand and ask you to make arrangements to go back to Niger Republic."

The current situation in Niger and the pressure on President Tinubu underscore the complexities of political crises within the region. As he navigates this delicate situation, the international community awaits a peaceful resolution that safeguards the rights and well-being of the people of Niger.

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