A civil society organization, Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has commended the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for it’s extraordinary meeting on Niger Republic which held in Abuja Nigeria on 10th August 2023 and wholly aligns itself with the communique of the meeting which affirmed it’s July 30 2023 communique of any means necessary including the use of force to restore democracy and the rule of law in the West African country.
Rising from it’s observatory role at the ECOWAS extraordinary meeting today in Abuja, CPPM noted with sadness and pain, the intransigent attitude of the military junta in Niger Republic in rebuffing all conciliatory and peace moves by ECOWAS, AU and all genuine lovers of peaceful resolution of the illegal takeover of power.
CPPM used the occasion of the press statement to call on persons, interest and groups who are sympathetic to the unconstitutional take over of political power through treasonable military coup in Niger Republic, but masquerading as lovers of peace and haranguing the Nigeria led ECOWAS not to deploy the use of force if diplomacy fails, to redirect their hypocrisy and mischief in advising the military junta in Niger Republic to either peacefully surrender and hand over the reins of power to the democratically elected government of Niger Republic or be prepared for military action because the unconstitutional usurpation of power will not be allowed to stand.
According to CPPM, these latter day advocates of peace without recourse to law and order, needs to be informed and educated that the action of the coupists is in total violations of the constitution of the Republic of Niger which states that political power can only be assumed through the ballot box and not the barrel of the gun, “so we wonder how these mischievous and misguided interests can be advocating for peace without justice”.
CPPM notes the cultural, religious, trade, family and other ties between West African States and affirms that in the larger and longer interest of the peace, stability and progress of the community, the military coup must not be allowed to stand, else security, peace, stability and democracy not only in West Africa, but in sub-saharan Africa will be imperiled.
The organization commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) of Nigeria for his leadership quality in galvanizing the subregion for a quick return to constitutional democracy in Niger Republic and thus showcasing that the long awaited expectations on Nigeria by the world to provide leadership for the emancipation of the African continent on all fronts is here.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
God bless ECOWAS.