At the 2023 Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament, lawmakers representing the Niger Republic have demanded that the sanctions be lifted against their nation.
To end the political deadlock and restore constitutional rule to the country, they demanded that the military junta step down. While presenting the nation’s 2023 report to the parliament in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr. Amadou Djibo, one of the lawmakers, laid out their stance.
“The sanction has left the citizenry and neighbouring countries that share borders with Niger in dire condition,” Djibo told the ECOWAS Parliament.
We are here per the directives of ECOWAS, which rejects the coup and maintains recognition of Mohamed Bazoum as Niger’s legitimately elected president.
In order to ensure that the people of Niger and the surrounding areas may continue to earn a living, we are pleading with this house to assist in easing the sanctions.
“The way forward is to address the military presence in the country so that democratic process can be restored,” he added, responding to the current political scenario in Niger, which is characterised by a military government.
In July, the military deposed Bazoum and his family and took them into custody.
Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani spearheaded the coup that resulted in the detention of Interior Minister Hamadou Souley. Bazoum had intended to remove Tchiani from his role as commander of the presidential guard.
Nigerians Ali Ndume and Dr. Balarabe Salame, as well as Sierra Leonean Saa Lamina, all backed the call to remove sanctions.
Their main point was that if sanctions were lifted, people in Niger and the surrounding countries would finally be able to breathe. Benin and Guinea-Bissau reported on their respective situations to the parliament during Wednesday’s session.
The gender situation in Guinea-Bissau has not changed since the country’s report in 2022, as the focus of the study was on men’s and women’s rights. The assessment stated that there was a minimally satisfactory implementation of free movement of persons, goods, habitation, and institutions.
The statement went on to say that this was achieved despite encountering certain challenges at the border checkpoints with Senegal, the Republic of Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. The Republic of Benin emphasised in its report the situation of the preservation of women’s rights, which has been addressed by the government of President Patrice Talon.
It said that in 2021, the National Institute for Women, which promotes and respects women’s rights, was revitalised, showing a strong commitment.
Additionally, the study mentioned that exemplary discipline had been implemented for instances of harassment committed by teachers at all levels of education.
“Additionally, 20 out of the 77 municipalities in the country have seen an expansion of the government’s policy exempting female students in the second cycle of secondary education from paying school fees.”
In plenary, under the leadership of 1st Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, the parliament approved the three nations’ findings following discussions.