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Lifted sanctions: Begin democratic process now, Northern Senators task Niger



Following the lifting of sanctions imposed on Niger Republic and others by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the Northern Senators, NSF, has urged the government and people of the country to seize the 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.

The ECOWAS, had on Saturday lifted economic sanctions on Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso with immediate effect after hours long deliberation by the Authority of Heads of State and Government at an extraordinary summit on the political, peace, and security situation in the region at the State House, Abuja.

In a statement signed by the NSF spokesperson, Senator Suleiman A. Kawu Sumaila (NNPP Kano South), expressed appreciation to the leaders of the ECOWAS led by President Bola Tinubu for their decisive action in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on July 26, 2023.

The lawmakers commended the ECOWAS for responding to “the progressive requests” made by them individually and collectively on the subject matter, noting that the decision made by the body was a testament to its commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights.

“We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy,” they stated.

They, therefore, urged all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

“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 socioeconomic development throughout the region,” the statement stressed.

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