The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has stated that it will not recognize the Republic of Niger junta’s three-year plan to transfer power.
In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Abdel-Fatau Musa, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, disclosed this information.
General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the leader of the Niger junta, stated in a televised broadcast on Saturday evening that the military will only give over power to the civilian government in three years.
Abdel-Fatau Musa characterized Tchiani’s proposal as a smokescreen for dialogue and diplomacy during his interview with BBC.
Also on Saturday, the former military leader of Nigeria, Abdulsalami Abubakar, led a delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Niger in an endeavor to reach a peaceful resolution with the junta.
The delegation met with Mohamed Bazoum, the ousted president of Niger, after meeting with Tchiani, but no truce has been reached as of yet.