President Tinubu Seeks Senate Approval for Military Deployment to Niger Republic


President Bola Tinubu has approached the Nigeria Senate, seeking approval for the deployment of the military to the Niger Republic. The move comes after Niger's democratically elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, was overthrown by his guards on July 26, 2023.

In response to the political crisis in Niger, Tinubu, also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met with fellow ECOWAS leaders to discuss measures to restore democracy in the country. They discussed possible sanctions against the military personnel responsible for the coup.

President Tinubu's letter to the Senate emphasized the need for a military intervention to enforce compliance with ECOWAS demands should the military junta in Niger refuse to cooperate. The proposed actions include the closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic, reactivation of the border drilling exercise, cutting off electricity supply, and mobilizing international support for implementing the ECOWAS communique.

Furthermore, the President suggested preventing the operation of commercial and special flights to and from Niger Republic and implementing a blockade on goods in transit, particularly from Lagos and eastern seaports. To garner support for these actions, the government plans to engage in sensitization campaigns for both Nigerians and Nigeriens, utilizing social media platforms.


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