By Hashim Abubakar
Reports emanating from Niger Republic indicate that the three man envoy sent by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria, and Chairman of ECOWAS has been restricted to Dori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, the capital of Niger.
The envoy led by former Military Head of State of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar also include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and the President of ECOWAS commission, Mr Omar Touray. The envoy left Abuja, the Nigerian capital city on Thursday August 4, 2023.
However reports have it that they have been restricted to the airport, unable to meet the coup leader, Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, and the ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum, who is still under the detention of the coupists.
This latest development is seen as a blow on ECOWAS who from all the indications seems to have resolved to align with the military regimes in neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
It appears the coup has come to stay, despite stiff opposition by foreign entities.
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