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Sanctions on Niger Republic not the way out, says Ndume

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A lawmaker, Senator Ali Ndume, on Wednesday, said sanctions imposed on the people of Niger Republic are not the way out to restore constitutional order in the country.

Ndume said the sanctions are biting hard on the ordinary people.

The senator spoke while contributing to the debate on the situation report by a member of the Parliament from Niger Republic, Ali Djibo, at the ongoing Second Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Economic Community of West African States, had imposed economic sanctions on Niger in July 2023, following a military coup which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

The sanctions include a ban on travel, border closure and a freeze on assets belonging to the government and its supporters.

Ndume’s call for the lifting of sanctions is coming ahead of the ECOWAS heads of state summit.

He said, “The sanctions are not working.

“They are only hurting the people of Niger. We need to find a way to resolve the political crisis in Niger, and sanctions are not the answer.