Senate calls on Tinubu and ECOWAS officials to end the standoff in Niger.
On Saturday, senators urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lobby his fellow West African leaders to use all available channels to break the political deadlock in Niger Republic.
After deliberating on the President’s letter requesting the Red Chambers’ assistance in enforcing the ECOWAS resolutions regarding the coup in the Niger Republic, the Senate passed the resolution at issue.
Although the President did not ask for Senate approval before going to war in the West African country of Niger Republic, the Senate has likewise criticized the coup there.
Given the historically positive ties between the two countries, it requested that its leadership hold discussions with the President to find a solution to the problems.
After a closed-door session to discuss the President’s letter, Senate President Godswill Akpabio read the Senate’s resolutions.
In reference to the political climate in Niger, Akpabio stated, “On the decision of ECOWAS resolves as follows:
The recent military coup in the Republic of Niger has been universally condemned by the Senate.
To President Bola Tinubu and the other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, the Senate says, “Thank you for the swift response and the positions taken on the tragic incident in Nigeria.
There have been unfounded rumors that President Tinubu sought parliament or Senate consent before going to war, although the Senate acknowledges that he did not do so in his communication.
Mr. President, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, had instead conveyed a desire to formally request the National Assembly’s assistance in carrying out the ECOWAS resolutions indicated in the aforementioned message.
After learning of the coup in a neighboring country on Friday, Tinubu penned a letter to the Senate informing it of the situation and suggesting that the ECOWAS take military action and other penalties against the juntas.
As the seven-day deadline set by West African leaders for the military in Niger to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum approached, the Senate and the JNI made their stances clear.
Analysts have remarked that both sides have important decisions to make.