African Union Issues 15-Day Ultimatum To Niger Republic Military Officers ‘To Return To Barracks’ | #NwokeukwuMascot
|General Omar (Abdourahmane) Tchiani, Niger coup leader.|
The African Union has demanded that the military junta in Niger Republic "return to their barracks and restore constitutional authority" within 15 days after seizing power in a coup in the jihadist-hit country.
The AU's Peace and Security Council demands that military personnel immediately and unconditionally return to their barracks and restore constitutional authority within a maximum period of fifteen (15) days, as stated in a communique issued after a meeting on the Niger coup on Friday.
It condemns the overthrow of the elected government and its president Mohamed Bazoum, and expresses deep concern over the alarming resurgence of military coups in Africa.
Newsmen had also reported on Thursday that President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government, would host a special meeting of the regional leaders in Abuja on Sunday, July 30th.
This follows the coup in the Republic of Niger, which has upended the constitutional political leadership in the country of West Africa.
This was contained in a statement issued by Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy.
Alake said President Tinubu, as Chairman of ECOWAS, in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, condemned the current political situation in the neighboring country and promised that ECOWAS and the international community would do everything to defend democracy and ensure democratic governance continues to take firm root in the sub-region.
“US Vice President Kamala Harris and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in separate telephone calls Thursday evening with President Tinubu affirmed the support of the US and UN for the position taken by ECOWAS and the Nigerian leader to restore constitutional order in Niger,” he added.
Soldiers in the West African country of Niger announced a coup on national TV on Wednesday, dissolved the constitution, suspended all institutions, and closed the nation's borders.