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A delegation of the Nigerian military junta visited President Ahmed Tinubu to present reasons why the government took over and also ask Nigeria to restore power supplies cut off by the Federal Government as part of the embargoes slammed on the coupists following the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26.

The request echoed Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani’s earlier request during their meeting with the Ulamas from Nigeria in Niamey on Saturday, saying they were outraged that the regional bloc did not hear from them before slamming several embargoes on them, including the threat of military intervention to restore democracy.

But Tinubu, who is the ECOWAS chairman, told his visitors that any interference in a democratic government would not be accepted by the leadership of the regional body.

The President also praised the solidarity of the Economic Community of Central African States on the political impasse in the Republic of Niger, according to a statement released by the Presidential Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale.

The President said the special message of support and solidarity from President Bongo, who doubles as the Chairman of ECCAS, expressing the full support for ECOWAS resolutions on the unconstitutional takeover of government in Niger, proved once more that military interference in democratic governance was not acceptable anywhere, and certainly no longer so on the African continent.

“I appreciate the solidarity and support of President Bongo for the situation in Niger. We are working to not compound the problem. We have well-meaning people who have intervened.

“I understand the fear of our people about any form of military action. We are working to keep the sanctions in place, and we are following them to the letter.

“We are happy to know that ECCAS is with us on this. Interference in democratic governance is not acceptable to ECOWAS,” Tinubu stated.

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