The President of Niger Republic Mohammed Bazoum who was forcefully sacked by military junta last Wednesday has cried out from detention that if the coup is allowed to stay, it will only pave way for Boko Haram and other terrorists’ movement to prevail.
Penpushing reports that Bazoum was quoted to have noted this in a statement shared on the official X (former Twitter) handle of the Nigerien president, arguing that there is no justification for the coup that led to his ouster and detention
‘Boko Haram and other terrorist movements will certainly take advantage of Niger’s instability, using our country as a staging ground to attack neighbouring countries and undermine peace, security and freedom in the world’, he said.
‘They will step up their efforts to target our young people with hateful anti-Western indoctrination, pitting them against the very partners who help us build a more hopeful future’, the democratically elected President emphasized.
‘This coup, launched against my government by a military faction on 26 July, has no justification. If it succeeds, it will have devastating consequences for our country, our region and the whole world’, he stated.
Penpushing further reports that the X handle, though not verified, is followed by verified handles of the African Union, World Bank, Bill Gates and others, and the handle had also, before the coup, been used to distribute activities of the Nigerien president.
The President posited that any attempt to overthrow a legitimate government must be resisted, and equally thanked the international community for the strong and unequivocal condemnation of this cynical effort to undermine Niger’s remarkable democratic progress.
‘The security situation in Niger has improved considerably, facilitated by the partnerships that the junta opposes. Foreign aid makes up 40 per cent of our national budget, but it will not be delivered if the coup succeeds,” he said.
Penpushing also reports that Bazoum in response to claims by the coupists and their apologists that the economic and security situation in Niger has worsened and partnerships with the America and Europe has damaged the West African country said Niger is the safest it has been in 15 years,
The democratically President of the country pointed out the dangers the coup posed for the troubled Sahel region, warning that its success would have devastating consequences far beyond Niger’s borders.
“They will intensify their efforts to target our young people with hateful anti-Western indoctrination, turning them against the very partners who are helping us build a more hopeful future,” he added.
Penpushing reports that he noted that the entire Sahel could fall under Russian influence via the Wagner group, whose brutal action was on full display in Ukraine, following an open invitation by the country military junta.
The Niger Republic President in same vein, condemned Mali and Burkina Faso military for pledging their support for the coup in Niger, explaining that security situation in Niger Republic is far better than that of Mali and Burkina Faso
‘Notably, Niger’s security situation is far better than that of our neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso, whose governments, both installed by military takeovers, support the illegal coup. Rather than address security concerns by building their own capacity, they employ criminal Russian mercenaries such as the Wagner Group, to the detriment of the rights and dignity of their people”.
Penpushing further reports that Bazoum appealed to the American government and the international community to help Niger restore constitutional order, adding that respect for the rule of law is the only way to make lasting progress in fighting poverty and terrorism
‘Fighting for our shared values, including democratic pluralism and respect for the rule of law, is the only way to make lasting progress in the fight against poverty and terrorism. The people of Niger will never forget your support at this pivotal moment in our history.”
‘I write this as a hostage. Niger is under attack by a military junta trying to overthrow our democracy, and I am just one of hundreds of citizens who have been arbitrarily and illegally imprisoned. This coup, launched against my government by a military faction on July 26, has no justification. If successful, it will have devastating consequences for our country, our region and the whole world’, he wrote.
‘Our government came to power through democratic elections in 2021. Any attempt to overthrow a legitimate government must be resisted, and we appreciate the strong and unequivocal condemnations of this cynical effort to undermine the remarkable progress Niger has made in the framework of democracy’.
‘The United States, the African and European Unions and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have said loud and clear: this coup must end and the junta must release all those they illegally arrested’.
‘The coup plotters falsely claim that they acted to protect Niger’s security. They claim that our war against jihadist terrorists is failing and that my economic and social governance, including partnerships with the United States and Europe, has harmed our country’, Bazoum stated.
‘In fact, Niger’s security situation has improved considerably, facilitated by the partnerships the junta opposes. Foreign aid constitutes 40 per cent of our national budget, but it will not be delivered if the coup succeeds’.
‘In the south, where we face the terrorist group Boko Haram, there have been almost no attacks for two years, and the refugees are returning to their villages. To reflect this reality, our partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, are shifting from humanitarian assistance to development initiatives such as building sustainable energy, improving agricultural productivity, and education. of the next generation of Nigerian leaders’.
‘The north and west of the country have also not suffered major attacks since I took office in 2021. Thanks to the support of our allies and the training of our partners, including the National Guard of Indiana, Niger is now the safest it has been in the past 15 years’
‘My government has also succeeded in economic and social governance. After a slow recovery from covid-19 in 2021, our per capita growth rate more than tripled to 7.4 per cent last year. 2022 was Niger’s first year without a single day of school lost to teacher or student strikes. Workers did not go on strike in a major sector, and my administration signed historic agreements with unions to create a safer and more stable working environment across the country’.
‘We cannot afford to lose this momentum. Recognizing the threat the potential fall of Niger poses to the region, our ECOWAS neighbours have announced unprecedented sanctions, including a ban on oil exports and imports, and a suspension of cross-border financial transactions’.
‘These measures already show what a future would look like under an autocratic junta without vision or reliable allies. The price of rice rose by 40 per cent between Sunday and Tuesday, and some neighbourhoods began to report shortages of goods and electricity’.
‘In Africa’s troubled Sahel region, Niger is the last bastion of respect for human rights amid authoritarian movements that have taken over some of our neighbours. While this coup attempt is a tragedy for Nigeriens, its success would have devastating consequences far beyond our borders’.
‘With an open invitation from coup plotters and their regional allies, the entire central Sahel region could fall under Russian influence via the Wagner Group, whose brutal terrorism has been on display in Ukraine’.
‘Boko Haram and other terrorist movements will certainly take advantage of Niger’s instability, using our country as a staging ground to attack neighbouring countries and undermine peace, security and freedom in the world. They will step up their efforts to target our young people with hateful anti-Western indoctrination, pitting them against the very partners who help us build a more hopeful future’.
‘At a time when we need it, I call on the American government and the entire international community to help us restore our constitutional order. Fighting for our common values, including democratic pluralism and respect for the rule of law, is the only way to make lasting progress in the fight against poverty and terrorism. The people of Niger will never forget your support at this pivotal moment in our history’.
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