ECOWAS: Tinubu Leads Deliberation Over Military Control in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali

ECOWAS: Tinubu Leads Deliberation Over Military Control in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali

  • Deliberations are ongoing in Abuja between ECOWAS leaders on the possibilities of easing the sanctions placed on Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali
  • Reports have confirmed that Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is leading the discussion
  • This meeting is on the heels of all three nations notifying the sub-regional body that it would form its confederation journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

State House, Abuja - Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu, the chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, is spearheading discussions aimed at potentially easing sanctions imposed on military-led member states, including Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), headquartered in Abuja, comprises 15 countries and has existed for nearly five decades.

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President Bola Tinubu is leading talks to reduce sanctions Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali
The emergency meeting was held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja. Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Source: Twitter

In late January, the military-led governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared that they were pulling out of an alliance due to what they described as "unlawful sanctions" that were negatively impacting their citizens.

They further claimed that the organisation had become influenced by foreign governments whose priorities did not align with them.

In July 2023, the regional group endorsed halting all trade and financial dealings between ECOWAS Member States and Niger.

The sanctions

This included freezing energy and other service transactions. Additionally, assets belonging to the Republic of Niger in the Aqua Central Bank and state-owned enterprises in commercial banks were frozen.

Similar measures were taken when Mali and Burkina-Faso transitioned to military governance.

Despite ECOWAS' requirement for member states to give a year's notice before withdrawing, the junta announced their secession without delay. This marks the first exit since Mauritania left in December 2000, almost 24 years ago.

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On February 15, ministers from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger Republic revealed intentions to form a confederation.

ECOWAS states that these countries have not officially withdrawn from the organisation.

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In another report, ECOWAS leadership have been blamed for its current crisis.

Dr Abubakar Sani, a security expert and an international relations analyst, made this assertion in an exclusive interview with

He shared that the proposed exit of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger from ECOWAS can be traced back to the leadership style of the sub-regional organisation.


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