The ad-hoc mediation committee set up by the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) wrapped up its consultations in Nigeria on Monday with a visit to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The committee, which is led by Ghanaian MP Edward Doe Adjaho, met with Jonathan for about three hours at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation in Abuja.
No official statement was released after the meeting, but it is believed that the committee discussed the situation in Niger, where the military overthrew the democratically elected government of President Mohamed Bazoum in July.
Jonathan is seen as a respected figure in West Africa and is seen as a potential mediator in the Niger crisis. He is also a former chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.
The committee’s visit to Nigeria was the last leg of its consultations on the Niger crisis. It had previously met with the President of ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray, in Abuja, as well as with a leading Islamic scholar and the former Emir of Kano.
The committee is expected to submit its report to the ECOWAS Parliament in the coming days.
The mediation efforts by the ECOWAS Parliament are part of a wider effort by the regional bloc to restore democracy in Niger. The African Union has also condemned the coup and called for the restoration of constitutional order.
The coup in Niger is the latest in a series of military takeovers in West Africa in recent years. In 2020, the military seized power in Mali and Guinea, and there have been coup attempts in Burkina Faso and Sudan.
The coup in Niger has raised concerns about the stability of the region and the ability of ECOWAS to prevent further military takeovers.