Recent events in Niger Republic have raised alarm bells for neighbouring Nigeria as the Citizens Action for Good Governance (CAGG) expresses deep concern over the ongoing crisis following the military coup. CAGG’s National Coordinator, Nazir Galadanchi, warns of potential destabilisation in the region and calls for urgent action to prevent a ‘Libya effect.’
The proliferation of arms in neighbouring countries post the Libyan war serves as a grim reminder of the dangers posed by the current situation in Niger. Mr Galadanchi stresses the need for restoring civilian rule in the Niger Republic promptly to avert further insecurity.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s proactive efforts to engage ECOWAS, the United States, and other world leaders have garnered praise for addressing the coup in Niger. However, CAGG condemns the military coup as a departure from democratic principles and stands in solidarity with the people of Niger Republic, demanding the immediate release of President Mohamed Bazoum and his family, along with the restoration of democracy.
Highlighting Niger’s strides toward democracy and the rule of law, Mr Galadanchi emphasised that the coup attempt threatens to undo these hard-earned achievements.
CAGG calls on General Abdourahamane Tchiani and the coup-involved military officers to relinquish power and engage in peaceful dialogue to address any grievances, respecting democratic norms and institutions.
In a unified stance, CAGG urges the international community to condemn the coup and exert diplomatic pressure on the perpetrators to reverse their actions. The coup, which occurred on 26 July 2023, resulted in the detention of President Mohamed Bazoum, with General Abdourahamane Tchiani leading a new military junta. The stability of the region hangs in the balance, demanding immediate attention and concerted efforts to safeguard democracy and peace.