UK’s Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, has disclosed that the United Kingdom is supporting the stance of ECOWAS to restore President Mohamed Bazoum as the legitimate leader in Niger Republic.
Cleverly disclosed this to newsmen and women at the State House after his meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa on Wednesday.
According to him, violence is not the means to bring political change in any circumstance.
Last week, the military junta in Niger ousted President Bazoum from office, and afterward, the military leader declared himself as the country’s Head of State. Following the move, the leaders of ECOWAS has imposed series of sanctions on the country, which includes the closure of airspace and land borders.
ECOWAS also gave the junta a seven-day ultimatum to return Bazoum as Niger Head of State, or they may be forced to use military intervention.
The West African country’s holdings in commercial banks, the ECOWAS Central Bank, and parastatals would also be frozen. The bloc also prohibited the country receiving any financial aid from or conducting any financial transactions with financial institutions inside ECOWAS, and the West African Monetary Union and other analogous regional bodies were asked to swiftly put the resolutions into effect.
The United States has also backed ECOWAS on its move. However, other West African countries Mali and Burkina Faso have urged the bloc not to use force to restore the democratically elected governments in Niger.
Burkina Faso and Mali are also currently being ruled by military, and they described any intervention of military on Niger would be war against them.