By Jude Atupulazi
The Nigerian Senate has rejected an option of military operations in Niger Republic and called on the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Parliament and other leaders to condemn the coup d’etat in the country.
The Senate said the Niger political impasse should be addressed politically rather than resorting to military action.
It will be recalled that President Ahmed Bola Tinubu had written the Senate, seeking for the implementation of the resolutions of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in Niger Republic.
The communique issued by the ECOWAS leaders chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is the chairman, stated that military action would be carried against any country that forcefully toppled a democratically elected government.
But considering the executive communication during a closed-door session that lasted for more than two hours on Saturday, August 5, which was raised by the Senate leader, Bamidele Opeyemi, the Senate rejected a military action and insisted on engaging with the Nigerian President on resolving the issue.
Speaking after the closed-door session, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, said at the closed-session, they considered Tinubu’s request and resolved to go for a political solution rather than military action, considering the long-standing relationship between Nigeria and Niger.
‘At our executive session, the Senate condemned in totality the coup that took place in Niger Republic.
‘The Senate commends President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other Heads of State of ECOWAS on their prompt response.
‘The Senate recognises the fact that President Tinubu, by virtue of his correspondence, has not asked that we should approve a request to go to war, but he expressed a wish to solicit support in the successful implementation of the ECOWAS communique.
‘The leadership of the Senate is mandated to further engage the President on how best to engage and resolve the issues,’Akpabio said.
Speaking further, the Senate President said the Senate was calling on the President of Nigeria, who is also the Chairman of ECOWAS, to further engage leaders to strengthen political options in resolving the political situation in Niger.
‘The Senate is mandated to further engage President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on how best to resolve the issue in view of the cordial relationship between Nigeria and Niger.
‘The Senate called on the ECOWAS Parliament to rise to this and condemn the military coup in Niger and to resolve the impasse,’Akpabio added.