Coup plotters in Niger Republic has dismissed the directives given by the Economic Community of West African States that they should reinstate the ousted president of the nation, Mohammed Bazoum.
Premium Politics reported that ECOWAS during an emergency meeting in Abuja on Sunday had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Niger Republic military to release and reinstate President Mohammed Bazoum as the legitimate Head of State and government of the landlocked state.
However, the coup plotters have rejected the call and warned ECOWAS against military intervention, saying, “We want to once more remind ECOWAS or any other adventurer of our firm determination to defend our homeland.”
The military also issued a warning about “the consequences that will flow from any foreign military intervention,” saying, “Certain dignitaries…are in thinking of confrontation,” which “will end in nothing but the massacre of the Nigerien population and chaos.”
Recall that members of the Nigerien Presidential Guard detained President Bazoum and later named General Abdourahamane Tchiani as the nation’s new leader.
Tchiani, who has headed the Presidential Guard since 2011, said he was the new “President of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland.”