President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has dispatched a delegation to Niger Republic with a mandate to expeditiously resolve the current political impasse in the country.
The delegation, led by former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is expected to meet with the coup leaders in Niger to present the demands of the ECOWAS leadership.
The delegation also includes the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Omar Alieu Touray.
A separate delegation led by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe has been sent to engage with the leaders of Libya and Algeria on the Niger crisis.
President of ECOWAS, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has charged the delegations to engage all stakeholders robustly with a view to ensuring a conclusive and amicable resolution of the situation in Niger.
“We don’t want to hold brief for anybody. Our concern is democracy and the peace of the region,” President Tinubu said.
Both leaders of the two missions expressed optimism on the outcome of the assignments.
The delegations’ departure comes after an extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS held last weekend in Abuja, Nigeria.
The summit resolved to take urgent steps to resolve the political impasse in Niger and to restore constitutional order in the country.
The delegations are expected to return to Abuja soon with a report on their progress.