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Niger Coup – Junta warns ECOWAS leaders meeting in Abuja against sending military troops into Niger

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The military junta in Niger has cautioned West African politicians gathered in Abuja against participating in the current coup there with military force.

On Sunday, July 30, West African leaders will gather in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, for an urgent conference on Niger, the scene of a military coup earlier this week.

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has the power to restrict borders, suspend Niger from its institutions, and cut it off from the central bank and financial market. Financial assistance and security coordination with Niger have already been halted by France and the EU. The US claims it will do the same.

On Friday, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the head of the powerful presidential guard, declared himself the leader of Niger while the elected president Mohamed Bazoum was being held by the military for four days.

Responding to the situation, President of Nigeria and ECOWAS chairman, Bola Tinubu, assured that ECOWAS and the international community would do everything to defend democracy and ensure democratic governance in the region, as stated in a message on Friday.

In a televised statement on Saturday night, July 29, Niger’s military leaders warned against any military intervention by ECOWAS, asserting that they are ready to defend their homeland.

“The objective of the (ECOWAS) meeting is to approve a plan of aggression against Niger through an imminent military intervention in Niamey in collaboration with other African countries that are non-members of ECOWAS, and certain western countries,” explained junta spokesperson Colonel Amadou Abdramane.

He further emphasized their firm determination to defend their homeland against any potential adventurism from ECOWAS or any other parties.

The junta called on citizens in capital Niamey to come out into the streets on Sunday from 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. CET) to demonstrate their support for the new military leadership and show opposition to any intervention by ECOWAS.

It’s worth noting that Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries and receives significant official development assistance of nearly $2 billion (€1.8 billion) annually from various international sources, as reported by the World Bank. The ongoing situation has brought significant attention and concern from the international community.

 

Source: Vimbuzz.com

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