When asked about the tension in the Niger Republic, Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that a conflict would not be good for the country’s economic reforms.
During a meeting with US Presidential Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Molly Phee, Tinubu made the announcement on Saturday, according to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Aguri Ngelale.
Together with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Tinubu urged the United States to strengthen democracy throughout the West African sub-region.
He said that the ECOWAS organization would continue to look at all potential avenues to restore democracy in the Niger Republic.
We are using all of the diplomatic means at our disposal to try to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Niger. Despite ECOWAS’s eagerness to do everything, I’m still holding it back until every other means of redress has been tried. Neither I nor the region would benefit from a war, but protecting our democracy must come first. There is a unanimity within ECOWAS that “we will not allow anyone to buy time dishonestly,” he stated.
Nigerien democracy was severely curtailed on July 26 by a military coup.