President Bola Tinubu has said that socio-economic sanctions imposed on Niger Republic will not be lifted without positive adjustments by the military junta.
Tinubu, the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said all diplomatic options will be exhausted with the coup leaders before any resort to military intervention.
He insisted that any forceful removal of a democratic government remained wholly unacceptable.
According to a statement by the the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the ECOWAS chair stated this when he received the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NCIA), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the State House. Tinubu said that the alternative of kinetic intervention in Niger Republic had not been jettisoned.
On the hardship faced by many Nigerians post-fuel subsidy removal, the President assured that all ongoing reforms will liberate and reposition the economy, which will benefit the majority of the population in terms of opportunities, infrastructure, healthcare and education.