Nigerian President asks Senate to authorize military intervention in Niger

Caracas.- Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has sent a letter to the country’s Senate asking for approval of military intervention in Niger following a coup in the neighboring country last week that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

The President’s letter was read by the Speaker of the Upper House of the local Parliament, Godswill Akpabio. “Following the unfortunate political situation in the Republic of Niger, which culminated in the overthrow of its president, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), under my leadership, fully condemned the coup and decided to seek the return of the government democratically elected,” Tinubu said.

Likewise, in his statement, quoted by the local press, Tinubu pointed out that ECOWAS was committed to strengthening its military capabilities and deploying personnel “for a military intervention aimed at imposing obedience on the military junta in Niger, should it remains recalcitrant.” .

In addition, the President called for a complete blockade of sea and air routes into the country. Tinubu, who is also President of ECOWAS, referred to a statement following a meeting by the organization “in an attempt to restore peace” that proposed the closure and surveillance of all land borders with Niger, in addition to the reactivation of border surveillance.

He also sought the support of lawmakers to cut power supplies, mobilize “international support” for the implementation of these provisions, and launch a campaign to raise awareness among Nigerians of the importance of these measures, primarily through the media.

Over the weekend, the West Africa regional bloc gave the military junta a week to restore Bazoum to power. He warned that he does not rule out the “use of force” to achieve his goals and imposed immediate financial sanctions.

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On the morning of July 26, a group of soldiers from the Nigerian Presidential Guard blocked the entrance to the Presidential Palace in the national capital, Niamey, and arrested President Bazoum and his family. The next day, the rebels announced the overthrow of the government and the imposition of a nationwide curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and the suspension of all institutions in Niger.

After seizing power in Niger, the military junta accused the former colonial power France of planning a military intervention to save Bazoum.

With information from RT

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