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Nigeria Demands Release of Deposed Niger President


Nigeria Demands Release of Deposed Niger President

Nigeria, a key member of the ECOWAS bloc, is committed to diplomatic efforts in securing the release of deposed Niger President Mohamed Bazoum, who has been in custody since the military junta took control in July. The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, emphasized that the country is engaging with the Niger Republic to facilitate Bazoum’s freedom. Nigeria is urging for Bazoum’s release, allowing him to leave Niger for a mutually agreed third country. Tuggar clarified that Nigeria is not under external pressure and has consistently advocated for justice and freedom on the continent, citing historical support for various African nations. The minister highlighted Nigeria’s stance against misrepresentation and propaganda, asserting that the two countries share a fraternal relationship. Tuggar expressed openness to dialogue and engagement, emphasizing that Nigeria’s commitment to principles aligns with its past actions in supporting freedom struggles across Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Mozambique. The ongoing diplomatic efforts aim to address the situation in Niger and pave the way for discussions on the removal of sanctions imposed by ECOWAS.


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