The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF) has issued a strong call for the peaceful and enduring resolution of the political deadlock in Niger Republic.
Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar, the Director-General of the foundation, conveyed this plea in a personally signed statement. The foundation expressed deep concern over the ousting of a democratically elected government in Niger Republic and emphasized the imperative of reinstating civilian governance.
The SABMF aligned itself with the ECOWAS delegation led by General Abdulsalam Abubakar and Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, which has been tasked with engaging all stakeholders in a robust manner. Their goal is to facilitate a conclusive and harmonious resolution of the situation in Niger, aimed at advancing African peace and development, rather than merely following the geopolitical stances of other nations.
Underscoring the strong and mutually beneficial relationship shared between Nigeria and Niger, characterized by shared borders, intermarriages, and extensive socio-economic interactions, the foundation emphasized that this rapport has nurtured peace, cooperation, and progress within the region.
As Nigeria currently holds the Chair of ECOWAS, it holds the responsibility to discourage any inclination towards military interventions against neighboring states that view Nigeria as an elder sibling. It is vital to lead by example and advocate for peaceful mechanisms of conflict resolution, thereby nurturing stability and regional cohesion.
Engr. Umar affirmed that the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation is fully committed to supporting endeavors aimed at upholding democratic principles, fostering peace, and ensuring the prosperity of both the West African region and the entire continent.
He urged all relevant stakeholders to collaboratively work towards achieving a peaceful and sustainable resolution to the political impasse in Niger Republic.