ECOWAS Military Chiefs Meet Over Junta – War Breaks Out
The Military chiefs of the 11 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are poised to gather for the second time in Accra, Ghana’s capital, to strategize about the Niger Republic’s military junta.
According to AIT, the military chiefs will meet on Thursday, August 17, to discuss the coup plotters that deposed Niger Republic President, Mohamed Bazoum.
The development followed the postponing of an earlier meeting scheduled for Saturday, August 12, in the same city, due to “technical reasons.”
The meeting will last two days, according to the report.
The regional bloc’s military chiefs convened for three days in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, two weeks ago, just days after the ECOWAS presidents met following the coup in neighbouring Niger.
Following the meeting, Nigeria’s chief of defence staff, General Christopher Musa, stated that the regional force will carry out the West African bloc’s resolve to use force to depose the military junta.
General Musa, on the other hand, expressed hope that the problem might be resolved peacefully.
ECOWAS imposed multiple sanctions on the coup plotters and their sympathisers in Niger Republic, causing Nigeria to suspend electricity supplies to the country and the country’s military regime to cut connections with Nigeria in response.
It was earlier reported that President Bola Tinubu had been commended for his leadership role in ECOWAS and for handling the political crisis rocking the Niger Republic.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, revealed that he contacted President Tinubu to thank him for his leadership in restoring democracy to neighbouring Niger.
The award came shortly after the Niger Republic’s military junta agreed to hold peace talks with ECOWAS.
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