President Tinubu Urges Speedy Talks as Ulamas Engage Military Junta

President Tinubu Urges Speedy Talks as Ulamas Engage Military Junta In a press release from the State House, President Bola Tinubu, who also chairs the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has called upon a delegation of Islamic scholars (Ulamas) to hasten the pace of their ongoing discussions with the military junta in the Niger Republic. The aim of these discussions is to facilitate the return of constitutional democratic governance. During a briefing at the State House in Abuja, the Ulamas, led by Sheikh Bala Lau, updated the President on their recent visits to Niger Republic. They reported that the military junta was willing to engage more deeply with ECOWAS, indicating steps to prevent armed conflict and demonstrating a more nuanced acceptance of ECOWAS' position. Addressing concerns about the unfolding crisis, President Tinubu affirmed his commitment to a peaceful resolution, even amidst pressures for quicker intervention. He highlighted his role in managing the situation and averting more aggressive actions, stating, "I am the one holding those sides back. I am the one holding back ECOWAS." Emphasizing the need for accountability, President Tinubu stressed that the military junta must not turn arms intended for protecting national sovereignty against the people of Niger Republic. He promised that ECOWAS would persistently engage with stakeholders to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. Acknowledging requests for federal oversight of palliative distribution, the President assured the scholars that more assistance was planned for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. He also urged state governments to ensure transparent and responsible handling of these provisions. President Tinubu recognized the role of state governance and the electoral process, asserting, "The people reside in the states, and if the Governor is not doing well, the people must vote them out." The President's statement reiterates the commitment to a peaceful outcome while maintaining a delicate balance between addressing the crisis and preventing untoward escalations. *Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), released this statement on August 24, 2023.
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In a press release from the State House, President Bola Tinubu, who also chairs the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has called upon a delegation of Islamic scholars (Ulamas) to hasten the pace of their ongoing discussions with the military junta in the Niger Republic. The aim of these discussions is to facilitate the return of constitutional democratic governance.

During a briefing at the State House in Abuja, the Ulamas, led by Sheikh Bala Lau, updated the President on their recent visits to Niger Republic. They reported that the military junta was willing to engage more deeply with ECOWAS, indicating steps to prevent armed conflict and demonstrating a more nuanced acceptance of ECOWAS’ position.

Addressing concerns about the unfolding crisis, President Tinubu affirmed his commitment to a peaceful resolution, even amidst pressures for quicker intervention. He highlighted his role in managing the situation and averting more aggressive actions, stating, “I am the one holding those sides back. I am the one holding back ECOWAS.”

President Tinubu Urges Speedy Talks as Ulamas Engage Military Junta
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    Emphasizing the need for accountability, President Tinubu stressed that the military junta must not turn arms intended for protecting national sovereignty against the people of Niger Republic. He promised that ECOWAS would persistently engage with stakeholders to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.

    Acknowledging requests for federal oversight of palliative distribution, the President assured the scholars that more assistance was planned for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. He also urged state governments to ensure transparent and responsible handling of these provisions.

    President Tinubu recognized the role of state governance and the electoral process, asserting, “The people reside in the states, and if the Governor is not doing well, the people must vote them out.”

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    The President’s statement reiterates the commitment to a peaceful outcome while maintaining a delicate balance between addressing the crisis and preventing untoward escalations.

    *Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), released this statement on August 24, 2023.

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