President Bola Tinubu, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has called on a delegation of Islamic scholars (Ulamas) who were involved in discussions regarding the restoration of constitutional democratic governance in the Niger Republic to quicken their progress in ongoing dialogues with the military junta.
The Ulamas provided the President with a comprehensive update on their recent visits to the Niger Republic. They informed the President that the military junta expressed a willingness to further engage with ECOWAS and also provided a more detailed endorsement of the ECOWAS position by Niger military council officials in an effort to avoid armed conflict.
The briefing took place at the State House in Abuja, and the Ulamas were introduced by Sheikh Bala Lau.
Responding to the delegation of Ulamas, President Tinubu emphasized that, despite ethnic rumors spread by domestic political figures both inside and outside the country, he is at the forefront of a peaceful resolution of the crisis, even as more hawkish individuals call for more immediate intervention. According to The PUNCH, The President said: “I am managing a very serious situation. If we ignore ECOWAS, other people will react, people who are beyond our control. I am the one who is holding back ECOWAS,” he admitted.
Addressing the situation’s urgency, the president stated, “Even as of this morning, I have been inundated with phone calls on the readiness of countries with their military force and contributions.” I, on the other hand, told them to wait. I’m meeting with the Ulamas and will get back to you.”
President Tinubu informed the Islamic delegation that the military junta must be held accountable for placing the entire Niger Republic’s people in danger.
“They cannot use the gun given to them to protect the sovereignty of the country and turn it against the people of the country,” he stated. “I will draw a line in the sand and ask you to make arrangements to return to Niger Republic,” he said.