President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has finally ruled out military action to resolve the political crisis in Niger Republic.
Recall that ECOWAS, which is chaired by Tinubu had last weekend issued a seven-day ultimatum to the junta government in Niger to revise back to constitutional government or risk the full wrath of the regional body, including the use of military force.
This was followed by a meeting of defence chiefs of ECOWAS in Abuja in preparation for the enforcement of no flight zone imposed on Niger and other military action, even as the coup leaders expressed readiness to defend the country from any external attack.
However, in a statement signed by Ajuri Ngelale – Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday, said Tinubu has dispatched an envoy to Niamey, and urged robust dialogue to end the face-off.
The statement read, “The Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, 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 action was in line with the resolution reached at the end of the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS held last weekend in Abuja.