Niger: Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs opposes sanctions, military intervention

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The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, has opposed the planned invasion of Niger Republic by ECOWAS to dislodge the putschists who ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from office last month.

The NSCIA stated this in a statement by its Deputy Secretary-General, Salisu Shehu.

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“…it is well known that such kinds of economic sanctions are counter-productive and eventually end in futility,” the statement read in part.

ECOWAS had imposed sanctions on Niger following the coup of July 26. These included the closure of air and land borders, freezing Niger’s accounts in ECOWAS central banks, and so on.

In its statement, NSCIA acknowledged that the coup leaders were defiant in their stance but called for dialogue in dealing with them.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu appointed the Sultan as a member of a three-person team to negotiate with the coup leaders. The team was, however, humiliated by the junta.

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