Nigeria Decries Withdrawal of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger from ECOWAS, Calls for Continued Engagement

State CorrespondentĀ 

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed deep concern over the announcement by the military junta in Niger that Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger are withdrawing from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“For half a century, ECOWAS has been a beacon of peace, prosperity, and democracy in our region,” stated Mrs. Francisca K. Omayuli, Spokesperson for the Ministry, in a press release. “Nigeria stands firmly with ECOWAS in upholding due process and protecting the rights and well-being of all citizens in member states.”

Nigeria’s statement highlights its efforts to mediate the challenges facing ECOWAS. “We have consistently engaged with all members of the Community in good faith to find solutions,” Omayuli emphasized. “However, it is now clear that those advocating for withdrawal are not reciprocating this commitment.”

The Ministry further criticized the military regimes for their actions, accusing them of “denying their people the fundamental right to choose their own leaders and hindering their economic and political freedoms.”

Despite the withdrawal announcement, Nigeria remains hopeful for dialogue. “We remain open to engagement with Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger,” Omayuli declared. “We believe all citizens of the region deserve to enjoy the economic benefits and democratic values that ECOWAS embodies.”

The Nigerian government also called upon the international community to continue supporting ECOWAS and its vision of regional cooperation and integration.

This development signifies a significant setback for ECOWAS, raising concerns about regional stability and economic cooperation. The future of the organization and its impact on West Africa remain uncertain, with Nigeria’s response highlighting the importance of diplomacy and continued engagement in the face of this challenge.

(Summit Post News)

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