The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has queried the rationale of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their proposed Military intervention in Niger, as unacceptable as it will further destabilised the African Continent.
According to Erdogan, this position is not the best as it will further destabilised Africa and create animosity, as he said:
“The decision on a military intervention in Niger is unacceptable. It will lead to destabilization in many African countries. I hope that peace and stability in Niger will be reached as soon as possible,” the TRT Television Channel quoted him as saying upon his return from a visit to Budapest.
According to the Turkish leader, Ankara may play an important role in settling the conflict in Niger and talks on this matter are being held by the Foreign Ministry.
He also called for holding Democratic elections in Niger in the near future.
In late July, a Group of Military Officers in Niger announced the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum, and thereafter, established the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (Conseil National Pour La Sauvegarde De La Patrie, CNSP), headed by General Abdourahmane Tchiani, to run the Country.
ECOWAS leaders have demanded the Coupists in Niger, which is a member of this Organisation, to release Bazoum and warmed about a Military Resolution of the situation if he is not released.
Apart from the demand to release President Bazoum, ECOWAS have imposed tougher sanctions on Niger.
ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Abdel-Fatau Musah, said after a meeting of the Bloc’s Military Chiefs in Ghana, on August 18, that the exact date for the intervention in Niger had been determined, but it is yet to be officially announced.