Junta in Niger Republic Justifies Coup

Junta in Niger Republic Justifies Coup Amid Impending Threats, Nigerian Islamic Scholars Advocate Peace



Amid a backdrop of regional upheaval, the military junta that recently ousted Niger Republic’s President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, 2023, has articulated their rationale for the government change. General Abdourahmane Tchiani, the leader of the coupists, explained the circumstances behind the coup as he received Nigeria’s Intervention Team, headed by Sheik Bala Lau, in Niger’s capital, Niamey.

In response, the junta expressed regret that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders issued an ultimatum without fully understanding their perspective. The team of Islamic scholars from Nigeria, representing various sects, sought to convince the junta that peaceful resolution is the preferred path forward. As tensions mount and neighboring countries and organizations weigh in, the fate of Niger’s political landscape hangs in the balance.

Key Highlights

Preventing Impending Threats

General Abdourahmane Tchiani elucidated that the military intervention was necessitated by a pressing and imminent threat, which, if not averted, could have adversely impacted both Niger and its neighbor, Nigeria. This claim underscores the perceived urgency behind the junta’s actions, a claim made during a meeting with Nigeria’s Intervention Team led by Sheik Bala Lau.

Journey Towards Peace

Sheik Bala Lau, the National Chairman of Jamatul Izalatu Bida Waikamatu Sunnah, conveyed the details of the junta’s justification in a statement from Abuja. General Tchiani emphasized that the coup, though disruptive, was undertaken with the intention of mitigating a looming crisis that could have extended beyond Niger’s borders. The junta expressed its willingness to engage in diplomacy and peace initiatives to address the situation.

Diplomatic Engagement

Nigeria’s Intervention Team, composed of prominent Islamic scholars, held an extensive meeting with General Tchiani in Niamey. The objective of the dialogue was to encourage a peaceful resolution to the political crisis rather than a descent into conflict. The team emphasized the historical and fraternal relationship between Niger Republic and Nigeria, urging a resolution through dialogue instead of violence.


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