Human rights lawyer Femi Falana advised the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against attacking Niger as a whole in response to the recent coup.
Instead, he suggests imposing sanctions on the military junta and refraining from attending international conferences with coup plotters.
Falana raised concerns over the acceptance of the coup by the majority of the Nigerien people, urging ECOWAS leaders to seriously consider this before resorting to military intervention.
Femi Falana, a prominent human rights lawyer, has called on ECOWAS to exercise caution in its response to the political crisis in Niger.
He recommends avoiding a military attack on the entire country and instead focusing on imposing sanctions on the military junta responsible for the coup.
Falana also advises against participating in international conferences with coup plotters, emphasizing the need to respect constitutional rule.
In his paper presented at the West African Bar Association conference in Accra, Ghana, Falana highlighted the acceptance of the coup by the majority of the Nigerien people.
He urged ECOWAS leaders to seriously consider this aspect before deciding on further actions. Falana pointed out that military intervention may not be the most appropriate approach, considering the prevailing sentiments in Niger.
The ongoing mediation efforts of Chadian leader, Mahamat Déby, should also be encouraged as he seeks a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Niger has been collaborating with Nigeria in counter-insurgency operations against Islamist militancy, making it crucial to handle the situation delicately.
Falana reminded that Niger is a state party to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, which emphasizes sanctions for unconstitutional government changes.
ECOWAS leaders must carefully evaluate their responses and strive for a resolution that respects democratic principles.