Tinubu informs the US envoy that war is not ideal for Nigeria's economic reforms following the coup in Niger

In light of the tension in the Niger Republic, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu asserts that a war would not be optimal for Nigeria’s economic reforms.

Saturday, Aguri Ngelale, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, made the announcement following a meeting between Tinubu and Molly Phee, the US Presidential Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Tinubu urged the United States to strengthen democracy in the sub-region of West Africa through collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He stated that the ECOWAS remained committed to investigating all possibilities for restoring democracy in the Niger Republic.

"We are actively pursuing a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Niger using our diplomatic instruments. Despite being open to all options, I continue to require ECOWAS to exhaust all other corrective mechanisms. War is neither optimal for my economic reforms nor for the region, but democracy must be defended at all costs. “According to the ECOWAS consensus, we will not permit anyone to buy time dishonestly,” he said.

On July 26, a military junta stifled democracy in Niger.