Abdel-Fatau Musah, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, has defended the regional body’s position regarding the proposed military intervention in Niger.
Faced with mounting calls to reconsider the decision for military involvement, Musah unequivocally labeled these appeals as lacking justification.
Speaking at the Extraordinary Meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff in the capital city of Ghana, Accra, Ambassador Musah underscored the alarming severity of the situation unfolding in Niger.
The primary objective of this assembly is to strategically outline an intervention blueprint specific to Niger, pending the final green light from the ECOWAS leadership.
Ambassador Musah affirmed that if ongoing diplomatic dialogues fail to yield results, the standby force is prepared to act decisively. He added that the regional body’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability within Niger remains unwavering.
“Let no one be in doubt that if everything fails, the valiant forces of West Africa, both the Military and Civilian components are ready to answer the call of duty. Your valiance has been demonstrated time and time again,” Ambassador Musah said.
He added that “by all means available constitutional order will be restored in the country.”
He disclosed that the regional body possesses ample resources and capabilities to effectively address and counter the Niger junta’s disruption and work towards the restoration of democratic rule in the country.