The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected the three-year power transition plan proposed by Niger Republic’s military junta.
ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musah, stated this on Sunday in an interview with BBC.
Niger’s Head of State and leader of the Junta, Abdourahmane Tiani, in a televised broadcast late Saturday, stated that the army will hand over power to the civilian government in the next three years.
“Our ambition is not to confiscate power. The transition period will not exceed three years, If an attack were to be undertaken against us, it will not be the walk in the park some people seem to think,” he said.
His warning came as a delegation from ECOWAS, led by former Nigerian Military Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), arrived in the country for a final diplomatic push before deciding whether to take military action against the junta.
However, the Commissioner said ECOWAS would no longer accept prolonged transition periods in the region.
“ECOWAS is not accepting any prolonged transition again in the region. They just have to get ready to hand over in the shortest possible time.
“The earlier they give power back to civilians and concentrate on their primary responsibility which is defending the territorial integrity of Niger, the better for them,” he intoned.
Musah also warned that the “military aspect is very much on”
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