The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament has appealed to the Heads of State and Government in the region to lift the sanctions imposed on the Niger Republic.
The Head of State in ECOWAS had imposed sanctions on the Niger Republic to protest the ouster of President Mohamed Bazoum by the military junta.
Military officers led by erstwhile Presidential Guard Commander, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, forcefully took over power in the country in July 2023.
Addressing journalists after the opening session of the parliament on Wednesday, Senator Ali Ndume declared that about seven states bordering Niger Republic have been at the receiving end of the sanctions.
“Children and women have been exposed to untold hardship. No meaningful progress has been made in resolving this issue. We are appealing to ECOWAS states to lift the sanction and open the closed border between Niger and Nigeria because it is the poor that are suffering. Let me say this is a collective decision by concerned citizens,” Ndume said.
“This press conference is simply an appeal to the ECOWAS Heads of State to consider the humanitarian situation and resolve the political impasse in Niger,” he added.