Pope calls for caution in Niger,says there should be dialogue that takes into consideration the aspirations of the people

Pope Francis of the Vatican has called for peace as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu rejected the Niger junta’s three-year power transition plan.


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On Sunday, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musah during an interview with the BBC stated that the ECOWAs cannot accept the transition plan proposed by the Abdourahmane Tchiani-led military junta in the Niger Republic.

Tchiani on Saturday, said he would relinquish power within three years and warned that any intervention by foreign forces would not be a walk in the park.

He stated in a televised address broadcast by Tele Sahel, “Our ambition is not to confiscate power. Transition period will not exceed three years; meanwhile, political parties are urged to submit their vision for the transition within 30 days.

“There’s availability for any dialogue, provided that it takes into account the aspirations of the people of Niger. However, any intervention will open a Pandora’s Box and will not be a walk in the park.”

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