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NIGER: AU & ECOWAS CONDEMN ATTEMPTED COUP IN NIGER

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In a statement posted on social media, Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat of the African Union Commission expressed his strong condemnation in reaction to reports that members of Niger’s presidential guard had detained President Mohamed Bazoum inside the palace. 

“Informed of an attempt by certain members of the military to undermine the stability of democratic and republican institutions in Niger, which is tantamount to an attempted coup d’état, [Faki] strongly condemns such actions by members of the military,” he said, adding that they amount to a “total betrayal” of duty.

ECOWAS and its member countries are monitoring the situation in Niger and will do everything within their power to protect its democracy, Chairman Bola Tinubu said in a message posted on the X social network formerly known as Twitter.

“The ECOWAS leadership will not accept any action that impedes the smooth functioning of legitimate authority in Niger or any part of West Africa,” said Tinubu, who is also Nigeria’s president.

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