The United States Vice President Kamala Harris has commended President Bola Tinubu for spearheading the peace moves toward restoring constitutional order in the Republic of Niger, which is now confronting an army-led revolution.
Dele Alake, the president’s spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The presidency said Ms Harris spoke with President Tinubu over the phone and commended him for the Federal Government’s reform efforts while pushing the nation to keep moving in that path.
According to the statement, the US Vice President spoke on the need for Africa, including Nigeria to embrace energy transitions.
In his response, President Tinubu thanked Ms Harris for the telephone call and her words of encouragement on the efforts taken so far on the economy, but added that “the developments in the Niger Republic dampen spirits.”
He said ECOWAS under his watch would do all that is necessary to restore democracy in Niger while counting on the support of the US.
Military officers in Niger Republic deposed President Mohammed Bazoum’s democratic government.
According to reports, soldiers took over state television on Wednesday night and declared a successful operation in the West African country. The news came just hours after Mr Bazoum was detained inside the presidential palace in Niamey.
On his part, President Tinubu promptly dismissed the threat to democracy in that country and sent a large delegation to meet with all parties in order to restore constitutional order in Niger.