- Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has stepped into the political crisis rocking the Niger Republic
- Sanusi, the grand Khalifa of the Tijjaniyah group, was seen in video and pictures holding a meeting with the military junta leader in Niger Republic, General Tchani
- It was not clear in whose capacity the former governor of the CBN was in Niger after the military leader severed the diplomatic relationship between Niger and Nigeria
Niamey, Niger - Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 14th Emir of Kano and grand Khalifah of the Tijjaniyah Muslim Group in Nigeria has visited Niamey, the capital of the Niger Republic and held a private meeting with the leader of the military junta, General Tchani.
In a video shared by Daily Trust and photos by Leadership on their Twitter pages, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was seen engaging the military leaders, suspecting to be on the political development in the country.
Why Sanusi meets Niger coup leaders
However, it was unclear in what capacity Sanusi embarked on the journey to the Niger Republic. This West African country recently severed its diplomatic ties with Nigeria over its stance against the military rule in the country.
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President Bola Tinubu, the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has led the regional bloc to condemn the overthrowing of democratic government in the country.
The ECOWAS also gave the military junta a seven-day ultimatum to return power to the elected government or face more sanctions, adding that using force would not be ruled out option.
ECOWAS announces fresh sanction on Niger Republic
Following the ultimatum's expiration, the Nigerian presidency announced that more sanctions had been imposed on the supporters of the coup, adding that the sanction would be carried out through the CBN.
While the West African bloc has scheduled another meeting for Thursday, August 10, the Nigeria presidency insisted that military option was yet to be ruled out of the options before ECOWAS.
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"Military action in Niger could lead to African sprint": President Tinubu told
Legit.ng earlier reported that Daniel Bwala, the PDP presidential campaign council spokesperson in the last general election, has rolled out some facts for President Bola Tinubu and ECOWAS to understand on Niger crisis.
The PDP chieftain maintained that restoring democracy in the Niger Republic would not be something immediate and would be costly.
According to Bwala, the use of force in the West African country is not the best option, it would lead to an African sprint.