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ECOWAS denies claim of transition proposal in Niger 


On Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) refuted the rumours that its leader, President Tinubu, had proposed a transition in Nigeria.

The transitional proposal for Niger is a hoax, according to a communiqué obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the ECOWAS Commission’s Abuja headquarters.

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The trending French-language stories circulated on Agence France-Presse (AFP) web channels were also denounced by ECOWAS as being fraudulent.

The ECOWAS Commission in Abuja released the following statement:

“A report of a so-called ECOWAS proposed transition timeframe for Niger has been brought to the attention of the ECOWAS commission.

“The French-language report, which purports to be carried by AFP, is untrue and should be regarded as fake news.

“The demand of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS is clear: the military authorities in Niger must immediately restore constitutional order by liberating and reinstating President Bazoum.”

Prior Events

Following the publication of a report on AFP internet media on Thursday that claimed President Bola Tinubu had urged a nine-month transition back to democracy for Niger, a response by the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in Abuja was required.

According to a tweet published on the AFP X (formerly Twitter) account, ECOWAS President and President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, has proposed a nine-month transition back to democracy for Niger’s new government, similar to what Nigeria underwent in the 1990s under military dictatorship.

Thursday’s AFP report elaborated on the allegations made in the APX X handle by quoting President Bola Tinubu’s response, which read:

If Niger’s military authorities are honest, the President sees no reason why such (a transition proposal) cannot be implemented there.

According to the AFP report, President Tinubu stated that until the government made “positive adjustments,” ECOWAS sanctions would not be lifted.

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