As international pressure grows on it to re-establish democratic order in the nation, Niger’s junta has severed all ties, including military accords, with France, its former colonial master.
The military leaders also summoned their diplomats home and issued a warning to the populace to be on the lookout for foreign troops and spies.
This information was made public on the television network of the West African nation as the delegation sent by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria met with Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani on Thursday.
Recall that Tinubu as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government sent a delegation led by former military Head of State, Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar to Niger yesterday.
But, in the announcement, Niger’s junta also cut ties with the United States and Nigeria, as the deadline given by the West African regional bloc will expire in two days.
The international community is asking Tchiani-led military to release and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.
Bazoum in a plea published in a Washington Post opinion piece said, “I write this as a hostage and urged the U.S. and partners to help.”
But, Niger’s mutinous soldiers made an announcement terminating the military agreements and protocols signed with France and announced the end of functions for Niger’s ambassadors to France, the United States, Togo and neighboring Nigeria, which is leading ECOWAS efforts on dialogue, according to RFI.
“All aggression or attempt at aggression against the state of Niger will see an immediate response and without warning,” said a spokesman for the coup leaders, Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane.
European countries have starrted the evacuation of their nationals in Niger, as Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, expressed support for the coup.