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Northern Senators Caucus calls on Niger’s military junta to restore democracy

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The Northern Senators Caucus called on the Republic of Niger’s military junta on Tuesday to establish a transition schedule and restore democratic leadership in the nation.

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Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, chairman of the caucus in the National Assembly, raised worry about the ongoing military interregnum in democratic spaces in various African nations in a communiqué issued at the end of the caucus meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

He stated that the Niger junta should prepare a transition period of no more than two years in order for Niger to return to democracy.

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“The Northern Senators Caucus strongly condemned military intervention in democratic spaces in [parts of] the West African subregion,” he stated.

“The forum strongly condemned the coup in Niger, Nigeria’s neighboring country.” We urged Niger’s military junta to follow the demands of other countries by allowing President Mohammed Bazoum and his immediate family to freely choose a country in which to seek asylum.

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“The Northern Senators Caucus further asked the junta in Niger to bring about a transition timetable that will not last more than two years.”

The caucus also encouraged Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the head of the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS), to withdraw sanctions against Niger.

According to the caucus, the ban is causing great suffering for Niger’s innocent inhabitants.

“We requested that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as the ECOWAS Chairman, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, restore electricity in the Niger Republic as a humanitarian gesture.”

“We urge Niger and Nigeria to remember that we are brothers.” “We are still partners, and we are still Africans,” he said.

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