The Nigerian President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced that special envoys from his side will be meeting with the governments of Libya and Algeria to discuss the Niger crisis following last week’s coup.
A statement issued by the Nigerien presidency mentioned that the delegation headed by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe will discuss with Tripoli and Algiers the means to ensure a final and peaceful solution to the situation in Niger after the recent overthrow of Mohamed Bazoum by the military.
According to the presidency, Tinubu stressed the necessity that the delegation interacts strongly with all relevant parties in order to make sufficient efforts to achieve a final and peaceful settlement in Niger.
On Tuesday, the military council in Niger announced the reopening of air and land borders with a number of neighboring countries, including Libya, after a week-long closing. The Libyan prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah from his side affirmed his government’s support for the Nigerien people and complete rejection of all causes that may undermine the stability of the region.
Nigeria currently heads the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which Niger is also a member of. ECOWAS Leaders have threatened military action against Niger’s junta after it seized power through a coup d’état.