Niger Coup: African Workers Call for Restraint Amid Military Threat by ECOWAS

Sequel to the recent coup d’etat in Niger, the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) has condemned the deposing of President Mohamed Bazoum by the military junta.

While affirming their commitment to constitutionality and democracy, ITUC-Africa in a statement on August 6, also expressed concern over the threats and sanctions imposed on the country by Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS).

The group firmly rejected the military option in resolving the political impasse in Niger. 

It called on ECOWAS to prioritize diplomatic and political means to resolve the crisis. The organization also urged ECOWAS to engage in robust and swift diplomatic efforts, emphasizing the need to avoid military deployment. 

ITUC-Africa strongly condemned ECOWAS’ consideration of a military option, deeming it undesirable and unacceptable. 

The organization further asserted that a military intervention would further destabilize Niger and have contagion effects on the entire West Africa sub-region and the African continent as a whole. 

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