The Chiefs of Defence Staff from ten member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have gathered in Abuja to discuss the recent political developments in Niger.
The meeting, hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence, Christopher Musa, aims to address the situation in Niger, where soldiers have overthrown the elected government of President Mohammed Bazoum.
The participating countries include Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, Cote D’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Benin, and Senegal. Notably absent from the meeting are Mali, Niger, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Burkina Faso.
In response to the political upheaval in Niger, ECOWAS leaders imposed sanctions on the country and issued a warning that they might consider using force to reinstate President Bazoum. The junta in Niger has been given a week by ECOWAS to step down and allow President Bazoum to return to office.
Prior to the meeting, the junta in Niger expressed its resistance to any form of aggression by ECOWAS or any Western powers against the country. The situation remains tense as regional leaders seek to find a resolution and restore stability to Niger.
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