Niger Coup: ECOWAS Fixes New Date For  Meeting As Deadline Elapses

To review the political developments in the Niger Republic, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has arranged another meeting for Thursday, August 10.
This information was released on Monday in a statement from ECOWAS, which is led by President Bola Tinubu.
According to the statement, the ECOWAS Chairman sent a notice to all heads of state of the important meeting, which will take place in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
The statement reads: “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has convened another Extraordinary Summit of the Authority on the political situation in the Republic of Niger. The Summit will hold in Abuja, on Thursday, August 10, 2023.
“The ECOWAS Leaders will be considering and discussing the political situation and recent developments in Niger during the Summit.”
Recall that the regional body had met in Abuja in August and given the Niger junta a seven day ultimatum to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum or face sanctions, including potential military involvement.
But instead of restoring Bazoum, the junta severed connections with Nigeria and other countries that supported Bazoum’s cause.
It also forbade foreign interference and vowed to protect Niger’s the integrity of territory.
ECOWAS had last week sent a high-powered delegation to broker peace with the coupists but their representatives met with the team led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Indefinitely closing Nigerian airspace and placing troops on alert were measures taken by the military dictatorship.
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