Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso to form New Confederation after leaving ECOWAS

Ministers from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger convened in Ouagadougou on Thursday to explore the establishment of a confederation, as witnessed by an AFP journalist. In September, the three military-led governments initiated a defense and economic pact known as the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). General Kassoum Coulibaly, Burkina’s Defence Minister, emphasized that the discussions aimed to advance the implementation of “instruments, mechanisms, and procedures,” along with developing the “legal architecture for the confederation.” General Salifou Modi, his counterpart from Niger, expressed optimism that the outlined procedures would ensure the efficient functioning of both the alliance and the envisioned confederation, to the benefit of their respective populations. During a meeting in Bamako in December, the foreign ministers of the three nations endorsed the idea of a confederation, aligning with their broader objective of uniting as West African neighbors within a federation. General Abdourahamane Tiani of Niger suggested that establishing a common currency with Burkina and Mali could serve as a means to break free from perceived “colonial” influences. This gathering follows closely on the heels of Burkina, Mali, and Niger’s …

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ECOWAS: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso exit sparks security concern in Nigeria

ABUJA- Stakeholders have described as disturbing the recent withdrawal of Mali, Niger Republic and Burkina Faso from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, saying it raises serious concerns about Nigeria’s security. The development comes amid alleged infiltration and inferences from Western powers, especially the United States of America, USA, and Russia, with a huge presence of Wagner Brothers fighters in the region. Newsmen reported that Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso on Sunday announced that they were withdrawing from ECOWAS due to what they called illegal and inhumane sanctions imposed on them following the coups in their countries. The three countries also notified ECOWAS, the African Union, A.U., and the United Nations of their withdrawal from the regional economic bloc, citing concerns about ECOWAS’s divergence from its founding principles and influence from foreign powers. Before now, the three countries were suspended from ECOWAS, with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions following the military take-over of power that took place in Mali (2020 and 2021) Burkina Faso (2022) and Niger (2023). Military leaders of the three nations disclosed in a …

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Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger military juntas announce exit from ECOWAS

The military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, on Sunday, announced their immediate withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS). The leaders of the three Sahel nations disclosed this in a joint statement on Sunday. According to the military juntas, it was a “sovereign decision” to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay”. All three were suspended from ECOWAS, with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions. With the latest development, the juntas have recently hardened their positions and joined forces in an “Alliance of Sahel States”. “Niger had hoped for an opportunity to talk through differences with fellow states of ECOWAS, which has cold-shouldered Niamey, imposing heavy economic and financial sanctions following the military coup that overthrew elected president Mohamed Bazoum. “After 49 years of existence, the brave people of Burkina, Mali and Niger note with much regret, bitterness and great disappointment that their Organization has moved away from the ideals of its founding fathers and Pan-Africanismterrorist hordes. “Furthermore, ECOWAS, under the influence of foreign powers, betrayed its founding principles and has become …

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ECOWAS Quit: Reno Throws Weight Behind Steps Tinubu Took To Contain Military Coups In West Africa

By Chris Udochukwu Reno Omokri, the Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, has thrown his weight behind the steps President Bola Tinubu took to contain military coups against democratically elected governments in West Africa, against the backdrop of ECOWAS quit by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Republic. Reno who stressed that Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso are landlocked poor nations that need ECOWAS more than ECOWAS needs them, disclosed this via his X account while reacting to the statement by the three countries. His statement reads in full: The withdrawal of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso from the Economic Community of West African States is more of a setback for those countries than for ECOWAS. What has been their historic contribution to ECOWAS over the years? In terms of financial contributions, they were not contributors. Regarding the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), their military contribution was appreciated. However, it was negligible. Nigeria and Ghana bore the brunt of ECOMOG. As a matter of fact, Burkina Faso even supported Charles Taylor, who was …

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Withdrawal Of Mali, Niger Republic And Burkina Faso From Ecowas Serious Set Back For West Africa – Shehu Sani

By Ogechi Okorie Human Rights Activist, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the withdrawal of Mali, Niger Republic and Burkina Faso from Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) as a serious set back for West Africa. The federal lawmaker that represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 8th Assembly said it signifies the failure of diplomacy and dialogue, adding that we lost our African blood brothers because of our Western conditional friends, which is equivalent to sacrificing ones hands to keep wristwatches. Shehu Sani who reacted via his X account (formerly twitter) @ShehuSani said: “The Withdrawal of Mali, Niger Republic and Burkina Faso from Ecowas is a serious set back for West Africa. It signifies the failure of diplomacy and dialogue. We lost our African blood brothers because of our Western conditional friends. We sacrificed our hands to keep our wristwatches.” Precise Post recalls that The leader of Burkina Faso, Ibrahim Traoré, Mali’s military leader, Colonel Assimi Goita and Niger’s General Abdourahmane Tchiani on Sunday announced the withdrawal of their membership from West African bloc ECOWAS with immediate effect. The …

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Finally, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger Quit ECOWAS

By Chris Udochukwu The military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger announced Sunday their immediate withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. The leaders of the three Sahel nations issued a statement saying it was a “sovereign decision” to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay”. Struggling with jihadist violence and poverty, the regimes have had tense ties with ECOWAS since coups took place in Niger last July, Burkina Faso in 2022 and Mali in 2020 All three were suspended from ECOWAS with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions. They have hardened their positions in recent months and joined forces in an “Alliance of Sahel States”. A French military withdrawal from the Sahel — the region along the Sahara desert across Africa — has heightened concerns over the conflicts spreading southward to Gulf of Guinea states Ghana, Togo, Benin and Ivory Coast. The prime minister appointed by Niger’s military regime on Thursday blasted ECOWAS for “bad faith” after the bloc largely shunned a planned meeting in Niamey. Niger had hoped for an opportunity to talk through …

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Niger sanctions will be lifted if junta shows goodwill – ECOWAS Speaker

ABUJA- The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr Sidie Tunis, says the sanctions on Niger Republic will be lifted if the junta releases President  Mohamed Bazoum. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Speaker gave the assurance when a 19-man delegation from Africans Without Borders paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. The visit was to prevail on the parliament to support the lifting of sanctions on Niger to ease the suffering of ordinary people in that country. The speaker tasked the delegation to prevail on the junta to unconditionally release Bazoum and his family, and set a short transition to returning the country to constitutional governance. Tunis said in spite of several efforts made by the bloc, there has been no breakthrough since the military junta ousted the democratically elected government in Niger. “We are more interested in what is happening in Niger, we have sent delegation to investigate the situation after the military coup, but we need you as citizens to help to lessen the effect with your intervention as well. “We represent you as Members of …

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U.S. sends envoy to Nigeria to meet Tinubu, ECOWAS leaders concerning Niger Republic

ABUJA- Molly Phee, United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, is set to travel to Nigeria on Friday. Ms Phee would also be visiting Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, during her trip to engage regional leaders gathering for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State Summit. The gathering, slated for December 10, would also afford Ms Phee to meet the ECOWAS leaders to discuss issues concerning Niger Republic.  “During her visit, she will consult with West African leaders on how the United States can best support regional efforts to return Niger to a democratic path and to promote security, stability, prosperity, and democracy in the Sahel,” a statement from the U.S. Department of State said. Her visit to Nigeria came four months after the coup in Niger Republic as the military junta continues to cling to power after toppling President Mohamed Bazoum.  Western countries have condemned the military action and thrown their support behind efforts by the African Union and ECOWAS bloc led by Mr Tinubu.  Niger holds strategic economic and geopolitical significance internationally considering …

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We’re ready to supply electricity to Niger Republic when ban is lifted– TCN

KADUNA- The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it is ready to supply Niger Republic back with electricity whenever Nigeria lifts the ban on the country. The General Manager Transmission, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Kaduna Region, Mr Ganiyu Aliyu, stated while briefing journalists in Kaduna on the achievements of the region in 2023. He explained that the company can supply the neighbouring country without affecting its power supply in the region due to the capacity increase it witnessed. Aliyu said, “We have increasef our capacity very well, in fact I can say authoritatively, that we are comfortable here in Kaduna. “There’s something we called redundancy in power system, It’s like you having two phones, one is your hot line, the another one is on standby. “In case we have any trouble, we have made this place capable that we can transfer our load from one transformer to another transformer.” He affirmed that its service delivery had significantly improved in 2023 as a result of the increase in new transmission projects to boost electricity supply in the country. He stated …

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Anything that affects Niger Republic concerns ECOWAS- President

ABUJA- The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),  Mr Omar Touray, has said that the situation in the Republic of Niger is of concern to the bloc. The president said this on the sidelines of the ongoing 2023 second Ordinary Session, and when he visited the ECOWAS Parliament to deliver the Community State Report for 2023 in Abuja on Friday. He said that ECOWAS Heads of States are very clearly against unconstitutional change of government in the Republic of Niger. Touray said that ECOWAS would ensure that the provisions of the protocol are put in place as long as it is concerned. “Niger remains a member of the ECOWAS Community and anything that affects the people of Niger is of concern to ECOWAS and to ECOWAS leaders. “So, whatever measure that has been taken by ECOWAS that is affecting the population in Niger affects us as well,’’ he said. Touray said that the ECOWAS single currency has been a major objective of the community, and it required political will as well as certain economic fundamentals. “Inflation …

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Lift restrictions on Niger Republic – Northern Senators Forum to ECOWAS

By Chris Udochukwu The Northern Senators Forum has called on Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift restrictions on Niger Republic in the interest of business and border comminities. The Forum which made the call on Tuesday after at the end of its meeting, also urged military junta in Niger Republic to soften the relationship with the rest of ECOWAS Community by setting free President Mohammed Bazoh and his immediate family to freely choose the country of his choice. The northern parliamentarians in the red chamber similarly condemned in a very strong terms, the spate of military intervention in the democratic space in West African sub-region. The NSF also condemns in strong terms, the coup in Niger Republic. The NSF further urged the junta in Niger to bring about a transition timetable that will last not more than two (2) years period. According to the group, “it is important that Nigerien should not suffer because of the coup that took place just as we have seen in Gaza. “We urged the President and Commander in Chief of the …

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Breaking! Why Niger Republic Coup leader gave French Ambassador 48 hours to leave country

By Chris Udochukwu The military rulers who seized control in Niamey on July 26 have given the French ambassador 48 hours to leave Niger, the country’s minister of foreign affairs said in a statement Friday. Faced with “the refusal of the French ambassador in Niamey to respond to an invitation” from the minister for a meeting Friday and “other actions of the French government contrary to the interests of Niger”, the authorities have decided to withdraw their approval of Sylvain Itte and ask him to depart within 48 hours, the statement said. The coup leaders have not been shy about their relationship with France. Niger has accused French forces of freeing captured “terrorists” and breaching a ban on the country’s air space in an attempt to destabilise the country. “We are witnessing a real plan of destabilisation of our country, orchestrated by French forces,” Abdramane said. ECOWAS has imposed heavy economic sanctions on Niger following the coup and has threatened the use of armed force to restore constitutional order. France has some 1,500 troops stationed in Niger to aid in …

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Niger: Algeria, Egypt oppose military action, seek dialogue

Algeria and Egypt have moved against military intervention in the Niger Republic, insisting that dialogue remains the best option out of the current political crisis in the country. Recall that West African leaders had, in the aftermath of the coup that toppled President Mohamed Bazoum, threatened to embark on military intervention in the Sahel country should the coup leaders, led by General Abdourahmane Tchiani, fail to restore democracy in the country and the ousted president to power. Oppositions to military option have also come from prominent individuals and groups in Nigeria, including the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and Northern Elders Forum, NEF, among others. While also advocating dialogue to resolve the crisis in Niger, they contended that any military operation in the country could create problems for Nigeria, is its closest neighbour. This is even as indications emerged yesterday that over 7,000 migrants are currently stranded in Niger as a result of border closures. To find a solution …

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We’ll invade Niger if diplomacy fails — ECOWAS

 The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, said yesterday in Accra, Ghana, that it will not hesitate to invade the Niger Republic if all efforts to reverse the coup in the country fail. This came as the German government said it is in support of sanctions imposed on the military junta in the country by the European Union, EU. It will be recalled that ECOWAS Heads of State and Government had at its second extraordinary summit in Abuja last week, activated its standing force should the junta in Niger refuse to restore to power the ousted president of the country, Mohamed Bazoum. The threat came as defence chiefs of member states met in the Ghanaian capital to strategise on the next line of action on Niger and discuss details of the standby force. The meeting continues today.“Let no one be in doubt that if everything else fails, the valiant forces of West Africa…are ready to answer to the call of duty. “By all means available, constitutional order will be restored in the country,” ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace …

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Niger ambush: Tinubu mourns soldiers, NAF vows to pound bandits

President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, mourned the death of troops killed by bandits in an ambush in the Shiroro area of Niger State, as well as the crash of a Nigerian Air Force helicopter in the state on Monday. The President, in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, stated that the incidents brought him “immense sadness.” He said, “These officers and men were answering the call of duty while on an evacuation mission. In their dedicated service to our beloved country, they paid the ultimate price.” While commending the courage and devotion of the fallen soldiers, Tinubu said, “On behalf of a grateful nation, I extend my condolences to their families, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, and the entire Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” This was as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, vowed that the military would rid Niger State and other states of banditry and insurgency. This is coming after bandits laid an ambush for troops …

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Shehu Sani Reacts to Asari Dokubo’s Comment on Niger

A former Kaduna Central Senato, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the comment made by a former militant leader, Asari Dokubo, to defeat the junta in the Niger Republic. It would be recalled that Dokubo had boasted of having the manpower to defeat the coup plotters in the embattled country. Dokubo said he and his boys can overrun the Niger Republic if commissioned by the Federal government. In a viral video, Dokubo said he and his boys can restore democracy in the Niger Republic. He had said, ‘’If the government commissions me and my people to go to Niger Republic, we will go. We will defeat them, and we will come back victorious. It is not a boast. “If Benin republic likes, let them go and bring anybody. They are human beings like us. We will go there, defeat them and restore democratic order.” Speaking via his Twitter handle, Sani described the Niger Republic situation like a mosquito sitting on the country’s scrotum. He insisted that Dokubo’s threat is laughable. According to him, “Niger situation is like a mosquito sitting on …

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