The the Economic Community Of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has announced additional sanctions on Niger Republic.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja,
He said the additional sanctions had been imposed on individuals and entities associated with the military junta in Niger Republic.
Ngelale explained that the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu has instructed the acting Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Folashodun Shonubi, to impose additional sanctions on entities and individuals connected to the military junta in Niger.
He stated that the
this latest “action is not being taken by an individual President or on behalf of a single nation, rather, it is being taken by the ECOWAS chairman, who is also the President of Nigeria, based on the consensus resolution of all ECOWAS members and heads of state.”
He said that the financial sanctions have been agreed upon by all ECOWAS Member States in response to the military junta in Niger Republic.
Previously, the regional bloc had given the Niger Republic junta seven days to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum, warning of potential sanctions, including the possibility of military intervention.
However, the coup leaders dismissed the threats and declared their intention to resist any foreign interference.
Furthermore, the coupists have cut off diplomatic ties with Nigeria, Togo, France, and the United States.
They have also closed Nigerien airspace indefinitely.
After the expiration of the ultimatum, ECOWAS scheduled a meeting for Thursday to assess the situation in the West African nation.
Ngeale Said: “I can also report that following the expiration of the deadline of the ultimatum and standing on the pre-existing consensus position of financial sanctions meted out on the military junta in Niger Republic by the bloc of ECOWAS Heads of State, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has ordered an additional slew of financial sanctions through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on entities and individuals related to or involved with the military junta in Niger Republic.
“I said that intentionally I didn’t make a mistake, because I was given permission to make that statement and I emphasised that this is not an individual action taken by an individual President on behalf of individual nation.
“This is an action taken yes, by ECOWAS chairman who is the president of Nigeria, but standing on the authority provided by the consensus resolution of all ECOWAS members and heads of state with regard to financial sanctions being levied by ECOWAS Member States against the military junta in Niger Republic.
Ngelale also maintained that the actions against Niger being coordinated by President Tinubu are not personal as they are under the auspices of the ECOWAS where he is the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.
He said: “Concerning the ultimatum given to the military Junta in Niger Republic, the ECOWAS mandate, and ultimatum is not a Nigerian ultimatum. It is not a Nigerian mandate.
“And the office of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also serving as the chairman of ECOWAS, seeks to emphasize this point, that due to certain domestic and international media coverage, tending toward a personalization of the ECOWAS sub regional position to his person and to our nation individually.
“It is because of this that Mr. President has deemed it necessary to state unequivocally that the mandate and ultimatum by issued ECOWAS is that of ECOWAS’ position.
“While his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assumed the ECOWAS chairmanship, the position of ECOWAS conveys the consensus position of member heads of state. And a coup will not occur in one’s backyard, without one be particularly aware of it.
“The president in recent days, particularly following the expiration of the ultimatum given by ECOWAS has widened consultations internationally but most especially domestically, including interfaces with state governors in Nigeria, who govern states bordering Niger public on the various fallouts and outcomes of the unfortunate situation that has unfolded in Niger Republic.
“But President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, wishes to emphasize to this distinguished audience that the response of ECOWAS to the military coup in Niger has been and will remain devoid of ethnic and religious sentiments and considerations.
“The regional bloc is made up of all sub regional ethnic groups, religious groups, and all other forms of human diversity. And the response of ECOWAS, therefore, represents all of these groups, and not any of these groups individually.”
He mentioned that the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS on Thursday will result in significant decisions regarding the situation in Niger Republic. ( The Sun/vitalnewsngr.com)