Coups: IPAC urges ECOWAS to establish regional military command

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), an umbrella body of all registered political parties in Nigeria, has called for the establishment of a military command to check coups in West West Africa.

The national chairman of the IPAC, Yabagi Sani, on Monday in Abuja, said there should be a formal arrangement for separate armies to work together for sustainable stability of polity in the region.

He also advised the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take swift military actions to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger.

“The chiefs of defence staff of ECOWAS should quickly commence deliberations on military options,” he said.

Mr Sani said IPAC supported the resolutions of the leadership of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on the restoration of democracy in Niger.

“IPAC also supports the immediate imposition of financial sanctions, travel bans and other punitive actions against the junta, their families and supporters.

“IPAC also commends President Bola Tinubu for swiftly convening the emergency summit of the 15-nation ECOWAS demanding the immediate release and reinstatement of elected President Mohamed Bazoum, who has been held by the military since Wednesday,” he said.

He sought the protection of President Mohamed Bazoum, held hostage by the junta.

Mr Sani commended France, the European Union, U.S. UN, AU, and other international bodies who have suspended security cooperation and financial aid to Niger.