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ECOWAS denies approving 9-month transition for Niger as Tinubu expresses fear about spread of coups in Africa

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has debunked the transitional proposal for the Republic of Niger as fake.

A viral report stated that Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, also head of the West Africa bloc ECOWAS, on Thursday suggested a nine-month transition back to democracy for Niger’s new regime as Nigeria had done in the 1990s following military rule.

But in a communique by the Commission via its X handle, it condemned the reports as fake news.

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The bloc also condemned the report which was in French language and making rounds on Agence France-Presse platforms as fake.

The statement read, “The ECOWAS Commission’s attention has been drawn to a report of a so-called ECOWAS proposed transition timeframe for Niger.


“The report, which is in French and supposedly carried by AFP, is false and should be treated as fake news.

“The demand of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government is clear: the military authorities in Niger must restore constitutional order immediately by liberating and reinstating H.E. Excellency President Mohamed Bazoum”

Meanwhile, President Tinubu has said the overthrow of the government in Gabon confirmed his fears that there would be more coups in Africa after the Niger Republic.

Tinubu stated this when he received the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the State House. 

“My fear has been confirmed in Gabon that copycats will start doing the same thing until it is stopped,” said Mr Tinubu, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale.

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On Wednesday, military officers in Gabon announced that they had taken power and put the president, Ali Bongo, under house arrest, as the country became the latest in Africa to suffer an attempted coup, only weeks after mutinous troops seized power in Niger.

Shortly after the development, Tinubu expressed concern about the coup in the Republic of Gabon on the West Coast of Central Africa.

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