Northern Senators Hail ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions Against Niger Republic

The Northern Senators Forum (NSF) has commended leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for lifting sanctions they imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023.

“We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues,” they said.

The NSF, in a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Kawu Sumaila, in Abuja, on Sunday, the forum said the principled and empathetic decision of the ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic was a testament to the organisation’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights.

“We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

“We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic.

“These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation.

“We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

“As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation.

“The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS in restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.”

The northern senators, however, urged the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize the ECOWAS good gesture as an opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination.

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