- President Bola Tinubu has sent Islamic leaders, known as Ulama, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi to negotiate with the military leader in the Niger Republic, General Abdourahamane Tiani
- The president made the decision in his capacity as the chairman of ECOWAS after meeting with the Ulama at the presidential villa on Thursday
- Recall that Abdulsalami Abubakar, the ECOWAS envoy to Niger and former military head of state, earlier met the junta leader
Aso Rock, Abuja - President Bola Tinubu has approved the return of the delegation of the leaders of the Islamic scholars to the Niger Republic for another round of negotiation with the military junta leader, General Abdourahmane Tchiani.
This was disclosed in a tweet by NTA on Thursday, August 24.
He made the decision after meeting with the Islamic leaders known as the Ulama under the leadership of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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Why Tinubu sent Islamic leaders to negotiate with coup leaders in Niger
Recall that the Bauchi-led negotiation team was recently in Niamey, the capital of the Niger Republic, to dialogue with the coup leader, General Abdourahamane Tiani.
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Tinubu's decision was based on his capacity as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Tiani, the leader of the Nigerien presidential guard brigade, overthrew his democratically elected boss through a coup on July 26.
How ECOWAS reacted to military coup in Niger Republic
Since the development, the ECOWAS has imposed sanctions on its West African neighbour in its reactions to the coup and maintained that using force was on the table against the military leader.
The West African bloc has also approved the deployment of a “standby force to restore constitutional order” in the politically disturbed country but expressed its commitment to taking a diplomatic route in solving the problem.
Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former Nigerian head of state and ECOWAS envoy to Niger, disclosed that his delegation's meeting with the coup leaders in Niger Republic last weekend was fruitful.
See the tweet here:
Diplomacy: Tinubu receives letters of credence from 3 ambassadors-designates
Legit.ng earlier reported that Tinubu received three "letters of credence" from three ambassadors-designates at the presidential villa on Thursday.
The ambassadors-designates are from the Republic of Cuba, the United Arab Emirates, and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Letter of Credence is a formal letter that the ambassadors show the president that their government appointed them to serve in Nigeria.