Niger: Does ECOWAS have a hidden agenda in appointing Patrice Talon to assist Faure Gnassingbé in mediation?

At the ECOWAS Heads of State summit in Abuja, Nigeria, where the situation in Niger was discussed, a decision was reached to conditionally ease the sanctions imposed on the country after July 26. The condition stipulates that Nigerien authorities must be offered a brief transition period to return to constitutional order.

The Community appointed the Head of State of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, and the President of Benin, Patrice Talon, to engage in dialogue with the Niger authorities.

The decision to include Patrice Talon alongside Faure Gnassingbé in the negotiations has raised questions among observers.

This move, considering Benin’s position in relation to Niger, has sparked speculation about potential motivations aimed at disrupting the ongoing talks between the President of the transition in Niger and the mediation led by Faure Gnassingbé.

The case of Mohamed Bazoum was a focal point in the discussions, and ECOWAS shifted its stance.

Rather than insisting on his reinstatement, the institution now calls for his release.

This shift indicates a change of heart within ECOWAS, with leaders like Alassane Ouattara, Macky Sall, and Patrice Talon, who previously advocated for Bazoum’s return or hinted at potential military intervention, realizing that the era of Bazoum’s presidency has come to an end. Notably, these leaders were absent from the Abuja summit.

Critics argue that ECOWAS lacks the means to match its ambitious goals, often limited to declarations and denunciations.

Despite this, the transition in Niger continues its course, offering hope for the well-being of the people.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *