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Coup scare: Tinubu condemns Niger president’s hostage situation

Coup scare: Tinubu condemns Niger president's hostage situation

Chairman of the Economy Community of West African States, President Bola Tinubu has condemned the detainment of Niger’s president, Mohammed Bazoum.

Premium Politics reported that amid coup scare, disgruntled members of the presidential guards sealed off the residents and office of the president.

It was gathered that the president has been given an ultimatum by the nation’s army.

While reacting, Tinubu in a statement personally signed said ECOWAS leadership will not accept any action that impedes the smooth functioning of legitimate authority in Niger or any part of West Africa.

“I wish to say that we are closely monitoring the situation and developments in Niger and we will do everything within our powers to ensure democracy is firmly planted, nurtured, well rooted and thrives in our region.

“I am in close consultation with other leaders in our region, and we shall protect our hard-earned democracy in line with the universally acceptable principle of constitutionalism.

“As the Chairperson of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, I state without equivocation that Nigeria stands firmly with the elected government in Niger and equally conveys the absolute resolve of leaders in our sub-region that we shall not waiver or flinch on our stand to defend and preserve constitutional order,” Tinubu said.

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