Tinubu Issues Stern Warning Over Niger Republic Crisis

President Bola Tinubu has adopted a resolute stance regarding the ongoing situation in Niger Republic, issuing a stern warning and emphasizing the potential “grave consequences” if the military regime responsible for the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum allows his health to deteriorate further while in detention.

In a significant development, a European Union official disclosed that President Tinubu, who also serves as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), conveyed his forceful opposition to the coup in Niger Republic during a conversation with EU chief Charles Michel.

President Tinubu’s concern was specifically directed at the conditions of detained ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, highlighting the alleged deterioration of his detention conditions. This assertion underscores Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the well-being and rights of those impacted by the crisis.

The EU official, who initially attributed the “grave consequences” threat to Michel, correcting the error, stated: “The Nigerian president stressed the determination and political will of ECOWAS to act together. ECOWAS will maintain their sanctions despite the economic impact these have on some of the countries from the region.”

Michel was said to have “reiterated the EU’s full support and backing of ECOWAS’ decisions, as well as firm condemnation of the unacceptable coup de force in Niger.”

She was cited to have maintained: “The EU will not recognise the authorities resulting from the putsch in Niger. President Bazoum, democratically elected, remains the legitimate head of state of Niger.

“President Bazoum’s detention conditions are deteriorating. Any further deterioration to his well-being status will have grave consequences.”

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