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ECOWAS should use diplomacy to restore democracy in Niger – Sanusi II

August 10, 2023

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been advised to adopt public diplomacy to restore democratic governance in Niger Republic from the military junta.

The 14th Emir of Kano, Mohammad Sanusi last night said that the current crisis in Niger Republic requires public diplomacy which should not be left to government alone.

The former Emir of Kano spoke with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Bola Tinubu and Chairman of the ECOWAS Head of States on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

Sanusi said who arrived at the State House about 8:25 pm, said that he came to brief President Tinubu on his discussions with the leaders of military junta that overthrew the democratically elected government.

According to him, “I came to brief him on the details of my discussions with leaders of Niger.

“We’ll continue to do our best to bring the two parties together to improve understanding. This is the time public diplomacy, it’s not a matter that we leave to governments, all Nigerians, all Nigeriens need to be involved to find a solution that works for Africa, a solution that works for Niger that works for Nigeria and a solution that works for humanity.”

Asked if he took the initiative by himself or deleted by the government, he said: “No, I was not sent by the government. Government officials were aware I was going, but it was my personal initiative, using my personal contacts to get there and I will continue to do my best. It is my duty as a leader to do that.”

Emir Sanusi said that he was well received by the military juntas in the neighbouring francophone country.

(Courtesy:Nigerian Pilot)

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