President Bola Tinubu has written to the Nigerian Senate seeking support for military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention against Niger’s coup leaders who seized power from the democratically elected president, Mohamed Bazoum.
It would be recalled that the West African regional bloc ECOWAS gave the coup leaders one week to return the country to normal or face possible military intervention.
The President’s letter was read on the floor of the Upper Chamber by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Friday.
It read, “Political situation in Niger.
Following the unfortunate political situation in Niger Republic culminating in the overthrow of its President, ECOWAS under my leadership condemned the coup in its entirety and resolved to seek the return of the democratically elected govt in a bid to restore peace, ECOWAS convened a meeting and came out with a communique.
“Closure and monitoring of all land borders with the Niger Republic and reactivating of the border drilling exercise.
“Cutting off Electricity supply to the Niger Republic.
“Mobilizing international support for the implementation of the provisions of the ECOWAS communique.
“Preventing the operation of commercial and special flights into and from Niger Republic.
“Blockade of goods in transit to Niger especially from Lagos and eastern seaports.
“Military build-up and deployment of personnel for military intervention to enforce compliance of the military junta in Niger should they remain recalcitrant.”
The Senate has agreed to hold an extensive debate on the request by the President, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.
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