- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is sanctioning Niger Republic after presidential guards toppled Mohamed Bazoum
- The mutinous soldiers announced Abdrahmane Tchiani as the new president amid resistance from ECOWAS
- Seven northern Nigeria states share a 1,608 kilometres long border with five regions in the crisis-hit Niger Republic
Niamey, Niger Republic - Some Nigerian states are bordering Niger Republic, and it is feared that they will bear the brunt of the planned military action of ECOWAS.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is the bloc of West African states.
Which states in Nigeria border Niger?
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Jaafar Jaafar, a diaspora-based Nigerian journalist from Kano state, noted the states that share a border with the neighbouring Niger Republic. Nigeria has 36 states plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Legit.ng presents the list of states that are at risk.
Sokoto state is located in the extreme northwest of the country on the national border with the Republic of Niger. Sokoto is located near the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River. As of 2005, it has an estimated population of more than 4.2 million.
Being the seat of the former Sokoto Caliphate, the city is predominantly Muslim and an important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. The Sultan who heads the caliphate is effectively the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims.
Kebbi is a state in northwest Nigeria. The state is bordered east and north of Sokoto and Zamfara states and to the south by Niger state, while its western border forms part of the national borders with Benin Republic and Niger.
Katsina is a state in the northwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Katsina borders Kaduna, Zamfara, Kano, and Jigawa states. Nicknamed the "Home of Hospitality", both the state capital and the town of Daura have been described as "ancient seats of Islamic culture and learning" in Nigeria.
Zamfara is a state in northwestern Nigeria. The capital of Zamfara state is Gusau, and its current governor is Dauda Lawal.
Until 1996, the area was part of Sokoto state.
Created on August 27, 1991, under the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Jigawa is a northwest state.
Jigawa state shares border with Nigeria's national border with the Republic of Niger.
Yobe is a state located in northeastern Nigeria. A mainly agricultural state, it was created on 27 August 1991. Yobe state was carved out of Borno state. The capital of Yobe State is Damaturu, and its largest and most populated city is Potiskum.
Borno is a state in the northeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria, bordered by Yobe to the west, Gombe to the southwest, and Adamawa to the south; while its eastern border forms part of the national border with Cameroon, its northern border forms part of the national border with Niger, and its northeastern border forms all of the national border with Chad, being the only Nigerian state to border three foreign countries.
It takes its name from the historic emirate of Borno, with the emirate's old capital of Maiduguri serving as the capital city of Borno state.
Niger Republic breaks off ties with Nigeria, Details emerge
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the junta in Niger Republic cut off ties with Nigeria after the efforts of ECOWAS to resolve the ongoing impasse failed.
The delegation led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) only met with representatives of the junta on Thursday, August 4.
ECOWAS delegation speaks on possible military action in Niger
Legit.ng also reported that a delegation of ECOWAS led by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, who spearheaded the engagement with the leaders of Libya and Algeria concerning the Niger crisis, expressed optimism that the talks will avert a possible military intervention.
Kingibe was the Special Envoy to Lake Chad during the Muhammadu Buhari administration.