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General Abdourahamane Tiani, the head of Niger’s presidential guard who organized the coup that jailed President Mohamed Bazoum, has declared himself the country’s new leader. In an address, General Abdourahamane Tiani also asked for people’s cooperation in governing the country.
General Abdourahamane Tiani issued a statement condemning pervasive corruption, bad administration, and the handling of Niger’s security. “Despite the heavy sacrifices made by Nigeriens and the appreciated support from our external partners, the current security approach has not allowed us to secure our country,” Tiani added.
The coup began on Wednesday, when military forces blocked the entrance to the presidential palace as well as access to various ministries.
“We need to ask ourselves whether the current handling of the security issue in Niger has made it possible to guarantee our safety, that of our families, villages, and country, and whether we can continue like this, with the same approach, the same actors, and the same results,” Tiani continued.
General Abdourahamane Tiani Statement
He also stated that Niger would continue to respect international partnerships and urged foreign leaders to embrace the country’s developments while warning against any intervention.
Over the last two years, military juntas have taken control of neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali, and both nations have severed ties with ex-colonial power France — which had led the war against terrorism in the region — and strengthened ties with Russia.
The Kremlin-linked Wagner Group has arrived in Mali, which recently drove out a 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping team that had been stationed there for a decade.
“I ask our international partners and friends to put their trust in our defense and security forces, which ensure national unity, territorial integrity, and our nation’s interests,” Tiani added. According to him, Niger’s present approach to counter-terrorism excludes collaboration with Mali and Burkina Faso.