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Sad, unfortunate – Fani-Kayode laments withdrawal of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger from ECOWAS

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Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the exit of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, as a sad and uncomfortable development.

Pmnews.ng reported on Sunday that the military regimes in the three countries announced their immediate withdrawal from ECOWAS.

The leaders of the three Sahel nations disclosed this in a joint statement on Sunday.

According to the military juntas, it was a “sovereign decision” to leave the ECOWAS “without delay”.

Recall that all three were suspended from ECOWAS, with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions.

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The juntas have recently hardened their positions and joined forces in an “Alliance of Sahel States”.

“The withdrawal of Mali, Burkina Faso and Mali from ECOWAS is a sad and unfortunate development,” Fani-Kayode wrote on X.

“The fact that they have formed a hostile confederation right on our northern border is also troubling and has grave implications for our security.

“May God restore the brotherhood and unity we once enjoyed in our sub-region and may He preserve the peace.”

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