Mali and Burkina Faso Show Solidarity with Niger’s Military Coup Leaders.
Delegations from Mali and Burkina Faso have conveyed their unwavering support to General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the leader of Niger’s military coup, in a demonstration of solidarity during their visit to Niamey, the capital of Niger.
This visit takes place amidst the upcoming summit of the regional bloc, Ecowas, scheduled for Thursday, where discussions regarding the appropriate course of action against Niger’s junta will be held.
Niger’s military leaders chose to overlook the Ecowas deadline, which required the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum by Sunday. President Bazoum remains in captivity.
Facing sanctions and warnings from Ecowas, including the possibility of a military intervention as a last resort, Niger’s junta remains resolute in its stance.
Mali’s military government spokesperson, Abdoulaye Maiga, voiced his perspective on Monday, denouncing Ecowas sanctions against Niger as “illegal, illegitimate, and inhumane.” He highlighted the shared challenges of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, stemming from the repercussions of NATO’s involvement in Libya over the past decade—a situation that has had negative impacts on various fronts.
In addition to voicing support, the envoy from Mali extended encouragement to the people of Niger, urging them to exhibit resilience and strength during these trying times. He assured them of eventual victory and unwavering backing.
Last week, military leaders from Mali and Burkina Faso issued a warning against a potential Ecowas military intervention in Niger, viewing it as tantamount to a “declaration of war.”
The unfolding events in the region underscore the complexity of the situation, with differing perspectives and challenges shaping the course of action.