Guinean Coup: Nigeria & ECOWAS Insist On Sanctions & Prompt Transition To Civil Rule In Guinea

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Speaking at the Accra summit, Prof. Osinbajo restated Nigeria’s position, urging for the unconditional release of President Condé and calling for more pressure to be put on the country’s military leaders to return the nation to democratic rule.

*Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

PEGASUS REPORTERS, LAGOS |SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Determined to ensure a prompt return of democratic rule to Guinea after the recent military coup, Nigeria has called on the ECOWAS to insist on a short transition programme that will usher in a new civilian government in that country.

VP Osinbajo stated this yesterday while representing President Buhari at the Extraordinary Summit on the political situation in the Republics of Guinea and Mali, which was held in Accra, Ghana.

And indeed according to the communique issued at the end of the extraordinary summit, ECOWAS leaders have resolved to freeze the financial assets of members of the military junta, place a travel ban on them, while also demanding that the junta return Guinea to constitutional rule within six months.

Speaking at the Accra summit, Prof. Osinbajo restated Nigeria’s position, urging for the unconditional release of President Condé and calling for more pressure to be put on the country’s military leaders to return the nation to democratic rule.

Calling for more stringent measures to be taken by the sub-regional body, Prof. Osinbajo said “we must make sure that sanctions by ECOWAS achieve the intended objectives.

VP restated the call to engage global bodies and Africa’s development partners in taking steps to prevent such unconstitutional change of government in countries on the continent.

He said: “in this connection, I think we should engage all well-meaning stakeholders to join in taking more stringent measures by imposing travel bans and freezing of offshore financial assets of the coupists and their collaborators to ensure that they do return the country to democracy immediately.”

On the update of the situation in Mali, Prof. Osinbajo again commended former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Assuring that Nigeria will continue to closely monitor the situation in Guinea, the VP pledged the country’s support in ensuring that only democratic processes are adopted in changing governments in the sub-region.

Culled from Villa App/trenchat.com

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