The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Commission) says it is yet to receive a formal notification from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso about their intention to quit the regional bloc.
In a communique issued by the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja on Sunday evening, the body, which says it has been working with the three countries for restoration of constitutional order, insisted that Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso remained important members of the Community and the Authority of Heads of State and Government.
The military juntas in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger had announced their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) earlier yesterday.
The three countries, who are in the process of considering a counter force, Alliance of Sahel States, against the regional bloc after the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Niger, announced the development on Sunday.
The Spokesman for the Nigerien junta, Colonel Amadou Abdramane, says their decision to exit was taken because ECOWAS has, in his words, drifted from the ideals of its founding fathers and the spirit of Pan-Africanism
The ECOWAS Commission adds that it remains seized with the development and shall make further pronouncements as the situation evolves.