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Nigeria Bemoans Withdrawal of Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso from ECOWAS

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has lamented the military pronouncement indicating that Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have withdrawn their membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

A statement signed by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli, said, for half a century, ECOWAS has worked to promote peace, prosperity and democracy in the region.

The statement added that “Nigeria stands with ECOWAS to emphasise due process and shared commitment to protect and strengthen the rights and welfare of all citizens of Member States. Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso Withdrawal from ECOWAS

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“Nigeria has worked sincerely and in good faith to reach out to all members of the ECOWAS family to resolve the difficulties being faced. It is now clear that those seeking to quit the Community do not share that same good faith.

“Instead, unelected leaders engage in a public posturing to deny their people the sovereign right to make fundamental choices over their freedom of movement, freedom to trade and freedom to choose their own leaders.

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“Nigeria remains open for engagement with Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger so that all the people of the region can continue to enjoy the economic benefits and democratic values that ECOWAS embraces.

“Nigeria further appeals to the International Community to continue to extend its support for ECOWAS and the vision of closer partnership, cooperation and integration.”

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