The regional leaders of state and government have been requested by the ECOWAS Parliament, the Economic Community of West African States, to remove the sanctions against the Niger Republic.
In response to the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum by a group of military officers under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the former head of state of ECOWAS, the Head of State in that country imposed sanctions on the Niger Republic last July.
Following the inaugural session of parliament, Senator Ali Ndume, the Chief Whip of the Senate, told reporters that the sanctions are being applied to seven states in Nigeria that border the Niger Republic.
Ndume stated, “Children and women have been exposed to untold hardship. No meaningful progress has been made in resolving this issue.
“We are appealing to ECOWAS states to lift the sanction and open the closed border between Niger and Nigeria because it is the poor that are suffering. Let me say this is a collective decision by concerned citizens.
“This press conference is simply an appeal to the ECOWAS Heads of State to consider the humanitarian situation and resolve the political impasse in Niger.”