The military junta in Niger Republic has decided to cut off ties with Nigeria and other nations after the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve the ongoing impasse proved unsuccessful.
Following President Mohamed Bazoum’s removal from power, ECOWAS had issued a seven-day ultimatum, urging the reinstatement of the ousted leader to avert potential clashes with the junta. However, despite the ultimatum, the crisis remained unresolved.
In response to the situation, President Bola Tinubu dispatched a high-powered delegation to Niger Republic to meet with the coup leaders on Thursday. Led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), the delegation sought to engage in dialogue with the junta.
Unfortunately, the junta refused to meet with President Bazoum’s representatives, leading to a breakdown in communication and diplomatic efforts. As a consequence, Niger Republic has decided to sever ties not only with Nigeria but also with Togo, France (its former colonizer), and the United States.
Announcing the decision, one of the putschists declared on national television, “The functions of the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger to France, Nigeria, Togo, and the United States are terminated.”
The rupture in diplomatic relations underscores the severity of the political crisis in Niger Republic and highlights the challenges faced by ECOWAS in resolving the situation peacefully. The international community continues to monitor the developments closely as regional leaders seek alternative avenues to restore stability and uphold democratic principles in the country.
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