The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have debunked recent online reports claiming that they are assembling forces for a military intervention in the Republic of Niger.
According to a statement released by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, as of the latest update, the AFN has not received any official orders from the appropriate authority to engage in military action against the Military Junta in Niger.
The situation in the Republic of Niger has been under scrutiny since some members of the country’s Armed Forces seized power from a democratically elected government through unconstitutional means.
In response to this illegal takeover, the ECOWAS Heads of Government convened to deliberate on various options to intervene in the crisis.
It should be noted that the military option was considered as a last resort, only to be implemented if all other peaceful approaches fail to restore constitutional order in the country.
Presently, the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff is holding an extraordinary meeting in Abuja to discuss the political situation in the Republic of Niger and develop plans to submit to the committee of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS for careful consideration.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria firmly adhere to the principles of international cooperation and respect for sovereignty. Any potential military operation in any member state of ECOWAS would require a clear mandate from the Authority of Heads of States and Government.
In conclusion, the AFN emphasizes that they are committed to upholding the rule of law and will proceed with any operation only after receiving an official mandate from the appropriate authorities. The situation remains closely monitored, and updates will be communicated through official channels.