The Presidency has made it clear that whatever happens on the issue around the military coup in Niger Republic is not a fight between Nigeria and that country.
The Presidency insisted that the coup and the issues around it are not individual actions taken by an individual President on behalf of individual nation.
The Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale told newsmen in the Presidential villa, Abuja, today, August 8, that President Bola Tinubu only happened to be the ECOWAS chairman, who is standing on the authority provided by the consensus resolution of all ECOWAS members and heads of state with regard to financial sanctions being levied by ECOWAS Member States against the military junta in Niger Republic.
“There is an authority that we are standing on. It is not Nigerian government’s authority; it is the authority of the resolution passed in public before now. This is the context, the nuance and the detail that is required in our reports, lest our people be misinformed.
“And we begin to be framed internationally as being in a situation where it’s Nigeria versus its neighbour, Niger, because that’s the narrative that some certain International Perspectives would like to advance for their own interest.”
Ngelale announced that President Tinubu has directed the acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to levy another slate of sanctions against entities and individuals associated with the military junta in Niger public.
“I can also report that following the expiration of the deadline of the ultimatum and standing on the pre-existing consensus position of financial sanctions meted out on the military junta in Niger Republic by the bloc of ECOWAS Heads of State, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has ordered an additional slew of financial sanctions through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on entities and individuals related to, or involved with the military junta in Niger Republic.”