FOMWAN URGES ECOWAS TO RECONSIDER SANCTIONS FOLLOWING NIGER COUP
August 18, 2023
In the aftermath of the recent coup in Niger Republic, the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reconsider its approach towards the crisis.
With the imposition of sanctions and the looming threat of military intervention, Muslim women in Nigeria are urging restraint and a more comprehensive assessment of the situation.
FOMWAN, a united voice for Muslim women in Nigeria emphasized the need for ECOWAS to consider the broader implications of its actions, particularly in terms of political and economic stability in the region.
In its press release signed by the National Amirah, Sanni Rafiah ldowu and National PRO, Hon. Maimuna Momodu, the organization acknowledged that the measures taken, such as border closures and electricity cuts, have severe repercussions on the livelihoods of citizens, exacerbating the existing poverty crisis in Niger Republic, a country already grappling with high levels of poverty.
One of the key concerns raised by FOMWAN is the far-reaching impact of sanctions, not only on Niger Republic but also on neighboring nations such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Benin Republic, and Nigeria.
The northern states of Nigeria, which share borders with Niger Republic, have already been affected by various challenges including insurgency, banditry, and kidnappings.
FOMWAN argued that imposing sanctions at this juncture could further undermine the well-being of these communities and hinder their development.
Additionally, FOMWAN draws attention to the vulnerability of women and children in conflict situations. The organization cites alarming figures of displacement in West and Central African Republic, with millions of women and children forced to bear the brunt of instability and violence.
FOMWAN called on ECOWAS to prioritize the protection of these vulnerable groups and work towards stabilizing the region through peaceful means.
FOMWAN advocated for a diplomatic approach rather than military intervention, emphasizing that dialogue is the most effective way to address the crisis.
The organization underscored the need for ECOWAS to engage with internal stakeholders in Niger Republic to facilitate a return to democratic governance.
FOMWAN also urged ECOWAS member countries to prioritize good governance, transparency, and accountability as key drivers of sustainable development and democracy in the region.
FOMWAN’s underscored the unity of purpose among Muslim women in Nigeria in seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation in Niger Republic.
As ECOWAS navigates this critical juncture, the call from FOMWAN adds a significant voice to the dialogue, emphasizing the importance of considering the long-term implications of actions taken in response to the coup in Niger Republic.