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Former Nigerian Head of State, Gowon, Declines FG and ECOWAS’ Invitation to Address Crisis

Former Nigerian Head of State, Gowon, Declines FG and ECOWAS' Invitation to Address Crisis

Yakubu Gowon, the former Nigerian head of state and one of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has respectfully declined an invitation to intervene in the ongoing crises plaguing the regional body.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the ECOWAS Commission, had extended an invitation to journalists for a “press conference” with Gowon at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters in Abuja.

The purpose of the conference was for Gowon to address the current state of affairs at the regional level, particularly focusing on the issues of coups and the subsequent threats by the Republic of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso to withdraw from the organization. It was hoped that Gowon would offer lasting solutions to these challenges.

On January 28, the military juntas of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger publicly announced their intention to exit ECOWAS. They alleged that the regional body had become a threat to its member states, being influenced by foreign powers and betraying its founding principles.

Furthermore, the juntas accused ECOWAS of failing to support their fight against terrorism and insecurity. They claimed that the organization had imposed illegal, inhumane, and irresponsible sanctions on them following the coups.

ECOWAS has consistently urged the three countries to return to civilian rule, imposing sanctions and rejecting their plans for prolonged democratic transitions.

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