The Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, received on Saturday a written message from the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, regarding the situation in Niger, and it was delivered by the Special Envoy of the President of Nigeria, Babagana Kingibe, who was on a formal visit that included Libya and Algeria.
The Special Envoy explained the developments of the situation in light of the decisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that convened in Abuja on July 30 and enhanced the spirit of consultation between the two countries and the region, as well as in Africa in order to maintain stability and peace, and the commitment not to recognize the unconstitutional change of the elected regimes.
Menfi stressed the importance of rallying efforts of the neighboring countries of Niger (Libya, Algeria and Chad) with their counterparts in ECOWAS to achieve constitutional legitimacy respect in Niger and avoid everything that would destabilize it and the region.
ECOWAS countries have threatened military intervention in Niger to deter the coup leaders and restore the legitimate authority to power, in addition to giving the putschists a week - ending Saturday - to hand over power to the elected president, Mohamed Bazoum.
ECOWAS announced on Friday evening that its defense ministers had drawn up a plan for a possible military intervention in Niger "unless the coup leaders retracted what they did. The plan included how and when the forces would be deployed. However, they still wanted diplomacy to succeed in Niger, and would give the coup leaders every opportunity to back down.