In a joint statement, the Federal Government and ECOWAS have appealed to the international community for assistance in restoring democratic governance in Niger Republic following the recent coup that ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum from office on July 26.
Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, briefed the diplomatic corps in Abuja about the political situation in Niger Republic, expressing concern over the safety of President Bazoum, who is reportedly being held in detention by the military junta.
The FG and ECOWAS commend the international community for swiftly condemning the coup and advocate for continued support in upholding democratic and constitutional rule over dictatorship in the region. They emphasize the importance of maintaining regional stability and democratic principles amid concerns raised by the developments in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea.
The ECOWAS authority aims to protect the rights of President Bazoum, his family, and other detained political leaders, considering President Bazoum as the legitimate President and Head of State of Niger Republic, supported by ECOWAS, the AU, and the international community. They reject any purported resignation from him, particularly if done under duress.