Niger coup: Don’t resort to military threats, negotiate – Northern elders to ECOWAS


The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has cautioned the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, against resorting to military action against Niger Republic.


Baba-Ahmed urged ECOWAS to negotiate with the junta in Niger and not resort to threats.


He warned that a military intervention would destabilize the region.


Tweeting, Baba-Ahmed wrote: “This is a good time for ECOWAS to take a step back and assess the Niger Republic situation without threats and bravado.


“There is still room for some negotiations, but ECOWAS must drive the process. Nigeria in particular must use its clout to calm nerves and lead responsibly.


“Who is going to guarantee a ‘well executed military intervention’? Nigerians are against any military action.


“This will further destabilize the region. ECOWAS without Nigeria is a few countries who will not set foot in Niger. Negotiations are the best.”


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