Senators from the Northern region of Nigeria under the aegis of Northern Senators Forum (NSF), have asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to restore electricity to the country’s neighbouring Niger Republic.
Tinubu is also the Chairman Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), a regional body that imposed sanctions against the putschists in the Western African country.
Nigeria had in the last four months cut its power supply to the country to force it to return power to democracy.
The lawmakers announced their demand in a communique issued at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, also asking the military junta in Niger Republic to return the country to civil rule.
Senator Abdul Ningi, the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central who doubled as the NSF Chairman, read the communique to journalists on behalf of the forum.
He said, “We asked the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and of course, the ECOWAS Chairman, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of humanitarian gesture restore electricity in Niger Republic.”
Senator Ningi emphasised that the Northern senators condemned the coup in Niger Republic, calling on the military junta to heed the demands of other African leaders to free deposed President Mohamed Bazoun and his family from detention as well as restore democracy in the country.
“The Northern Senators Forum in strong terms condemned military intervention in democratic spaces in some West African subregions. The forum condemned in totality the coup de tat in Niger, a Nigerian neighbouring country.
“We asked the military junta in Niger to heed the demand of other countries by freeing President Mohammed Bazoun and his immediate family to fully chose a country of his choice.