The 14th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, met with the coup leaders in Niger Republic. Former governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) met with the military leadership after the junta canceled a meeting with representatives from the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and a top US diplomat.
A ECOWAS delegation could not broker peace with the military rulers because they refused to meet.
However, videos of Sanusi, whose Tijjaniya sect has a large following in Niger, circulated on Wednesday.
Sanusi is the Khalifa of the sect in Nigeria.
The revered Nigerian economist met the Junta leaders in company of the Sultan of Damagaran.
Damagaran is the third largest city in Niger.
Sources told Daily Trust that Sanusi went there to open the door for negotiation with the junta.
One of the sources said, “His Highness took the trip in his personal capacity but with the knowledge of President Bola Tinubu following his concerns about the impasse and the likely consequences it is already having on Nigeria/Niger relations and the citizens of the two countries.”
The meeting comes a day before the gathering of ECOWAS leaders in Abuja.
President Bola Tinubu, the Chairman of ECOWAS, had scheduled a meeting for Thursday after the regional bloc’s seven-day deadline for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum expired.
ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Niger and threatened military action, which was widely condemned, particularly in Nigeria.