The Federal Government of Nigeria wants the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, to take proactive steps and prevent coups d’etat in the sub-region.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this while representing President Buhari at a virtual Extraordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS member-states on the political developments in the Republics of Guinea & Mali.
According to him, “I join all well-meaning global leaders to express in the strongest terms the condemnation of the Government of Nigeria of this unconstitutional change of Government, a development that could seriously destabilize the Republic of Guinea.”
“The unconstitutional seizure of power in any shape or form is simply unacceptable”.
“Could we, for example, work out an understanding with the UN, AU, Commonwealth and possibly, even the development finance institutions we are a part of to act in unity to suspend a country where there has been a seizure of power from all these bodies simultaneously?”
He urged the ECOWAS to immediately appoint a Mediator to lead the region’s genuine engagement with the military junta, all political actors, and civil society groups in Guinea towards finding a lasting solution that would return the country to democratic rule.
Speaking on the update on the situation in Mali, Osinbajo commended former President Goodluck for his continued commitment & engagement with the various stakeholders in Mali.
The VP emphasised that Nigeria would continue to closely monitor the situations in Guinea & Mali.