What We Discussed with Niger Putschists — Sheikh Bala Lau

Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau, the national leader of Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’a wa Iqamatussunnah (JIBWIS), has disclosed what his delegation discussed with the leaders of the Niger military junta on Saturday when they visited the coup-torn country

The delegation, consisting of clerics from different Islamic groups in Nigeria, offered to intervene in the tension that broke out between the putschists and leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Sheikh Bala Lau said during the three-hour discussion, the coupists also gave reasons why they were not able to meet with the Nigerian delegation to Niger, which included the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar.

“The power outage and sanctions imposed on Niger led to protests in Niger and the youths came out that day. To avoid a break of law and order, that is why they were not able to meet,” according to Sheikh Bala Lau who noted that the junta tendered an apology.

He told BBC Hausa that the military leaders assured them that they were ready to engage in diplomatic talks with ECOWAS over the lingering crisis at any time.

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“From the moment they received us, we knew that our trip was a success. We have delivered a message and we have advised them to avoid bloodshed, and we showed them the importance of cooperation between Nigeria and Niger because it has a long history,” said Sheik Bala Lau. 

Bala Lau said there are messages the delegation will deliver to President Bola Ahmad Tinubu.

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The delegation consisted of Sheikh Kuremebullahi Nasiru Kabara, Sheikh Ibrahim Dahiru Bauchi, Professor Khalid Secretary of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Professor Salisu Shehu, Professor Mansur Sokoto and Sheikh Kabiru Haruna Gombe among others.


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