The Forum of Kings and Traditional Leaders of Africa has issued an appeal to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), urging against the use of military force in addressing the crisis in Niger. In a release signed by its President, Torgbi Amenya Fiti V, the Forum emphasized the need for dialogue and diplomacy to de-escalate tensions in the region.
The release acknowledged the complexities of the crisis and the humanitarian challenges facing member states, particularly in the aftermath of the recent coup in Niger. It highlighted the importance of upholding democratic principles and respecting the sovereignty of African nations, while also recognizing the efforts of ECOWAS leaders in promoting democracy and good governance.
However, the Forum cautioned against military intervention, citing past experiences in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cote d'Ivoire. Instead, it called for a comprehensive and multilateral approach to conflict resolution, emphasizing the inclusion of traditional leaders and landowners as key stakeholders in the peace-building process.
The Forum condemned the coup in Niger and urged African leaders to uphold principles of self-determination, accountability, and good governance to safeguard the interests of their citizens. It emphasized the importance of learning from past mistakes and working collectively to secure a better future for the continent.