The President of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen said that the sanctions imposed on the Republic of Niger by the Economic Community of West African States were not intended to put the citizens of that country in difficulties.

President Abbas said in Abuja on Tuesday that coups d'état, by their nature, hamper development.

He said Nigeria and Niger Republic have witnessed several coups d'état in the past, which have negatively affected both countries.

The President stated this when he received a delegation of former ministers of the Republic of Niger, led by the Second Vice-Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Boucary Sani Malam Chaibou.

He noted that the spate of coups d'état in several African countries, including the Republic of Niger, necessitated the imposition of sanctions on the country by ECOWAS leaders.

According to the President of the Chamber, if sanctions were not imposed on the military junta that came to power through coups d'état, the trend would pose serious threats to the future of Africa.

He said the Nigerian parliament would play a key role in ensuring that disputes between Niger and ECOWAS are resolved amicably, adding that Nigeria and the Republic of Niger have a lot in common culturally and religiously.

The President informed the Nigerian delegation that he would meet President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the matter.

“I will meet with the President and brief him on the developments you have raised,” the President noted.

It is recalled that on July 26, 2023, the Presidential Guard in the Republic of Niger launched a coup d'état and detained President Mouhammadou Bazoum and his family.

Earlier in her remarks, the former Minister of Labor and Productivity of the Republic of Niger, Madam Ibrahim Maryama Alhassan, appealed to the Speaker of the House to use her good offices to intervene in the sanctions imposed on the Republic of Niger by ECOWAS.

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Alhassan said that his country's citizens found themselves in a difficult situation following the ECOWAS sanctions.

The former minister added that members of the delegation, made up mostly of women, were working tirelessly, visiting important leaders in ECOWAS member states to plead for the lifting of sanctions on the Republic of Niger.