Niger Republic severe ties with Nigeria as peace talk fails

Niger Republic severe ties with Nigeria as peace talk fails

The Niger Republic’s military junta has taken the decision to sever ties with Nigeria following the failure of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve the ongoing deadlock.

ECOWAS had set a seven-day ultimatum for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum in an effort to avoid potential clashes with the junta. However, President Bola Tinubu sent a high-level delegation led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) to meet with the coup leaders on Thursday, but the meeting only involved representatives of the junta.

As a result, Niger has cut off ties not only with Nigeria but also with Togo, France (its former colonizer), and the United States.

“The functions of the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger” to France, Nigeria, Togo and the United States are terminated,” Radio France International quoted one of the putschists to have said on national television.

The tensions escalated after President Bazoum was detained by members of the Presidential Guard on July 26, and the military subsequently announced its takeover.

In response to the situation, the US has expressed support for ECOWAS, led by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, in efforts to reinstate President Bazoum.


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