On thursday, West African leaders under ECOWAS approved the deployment of a ‘standby force’ to Niger to dislodge the junta if dialogue fails after a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
Reacting, the President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alhassan Ouattara, and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, spoke in separate interviews with PremiumTimes in Abuja on Thursday on the development.
President Alhassan Ouattara, who spoke before the summit held in Abuja, disclosed that the decision taken by ECOWAS is not a Nigerian affair. According to him, the coup in Niger is a critical problem, and West African leaders have to solve it.
He said, “As you’re aware this is the second summit in 10 days that we have organized on Niger and this is a critical problem we have to solve. “But this is the position most heads of state who have intervened have endorsed. So I want to say I want to insist this is not a Nigerian affair. It’s an affair of ECOWAS. “If we don’t have democracy, do you think that our countries will be able to move ahead? This coup d’etat is not acceptable. We should put an end to it.”