Washington and the United Nations are worried about the health of Niger’s former president, Mohamed Bazoum.

Washington and the United Nations are worried about the health of Niger's former president, Mohamed Bazoum.

Since Mohamed Bazoum, the elected President of Niger, has been placed under house arrest for more than two weeks, the United States and the United Nations are concerned about his health and safety.

 

A spokeswoman of the United States Department of State remarked, “We are genuinely worried about his health and his personal safety as well as the personal safety of his family.”

 

Ecowas, which is an acronym for the Economic Community of West African States, has given the leaders of the coup in Niger until Sunday to abandon their status as leaders of the country.

 

The top officials from the various Ecowas organisations are now meeting in Nigeria to discuss the further steps in the process.

 

According to President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, who is serving as the summit’s chairperson, diplomatic negotiations with the junta in Niger would represent the “bedrock” of efforts to restore the democratically elected government. These conversations will take place in Niger.

 

Ahead of the conference, Muslim clerics from northern Nigeria, which shares a wide border with Niger, had requested that President Tinubu refrain from using force to oust the leaders of the coup. The northern regions of Niger and Nigeria share a border that extends for hundreds of kilometres in each direction.

 

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, voiced his concern over what he called the “deplorable living situations” that Mr. Bazoum and his family seemed to be facing.

 

According to a story that was published by the news agency Reuters, his party had reportedly said earlier that they were being detained in conditions that were described as “cruel” and “inhumane.”

 

On July 26th, Mr. Bazoum gave a testimony in which he implicated himself.

 

Since then, Niger has been under the rule of a military junta, and President Bazoum has been imprisoned within the presidential palace. The members of the junta have not made any comments on the current situation regarding the previous leader.

 

According to reports out of Washington, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken called with Mr. Bazoum on Tuesday and offered him reassurance over the sustained support of the United States.

 

A spokeswoman for the United States Department of State named Matthew Miller provided more commentary, stating, “As time goes on, as he is imprisoned in isolation, it’s a situation that is of growing concern to us.”

 

The political party of Mr. Bazoum, known as PNDS-Tarayya, published a statement in which it alleged that Mr. Bazoum and his family did not have access to running water, electricity, fresh food, or medical specialists.

 

This charge was an echo of prior allegations made by Niger’s elected prime minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, who has suggested that Mr. Bazoum is being imprisoned along with his wife and children without access to light or water. The allegation that Mr. Bazoum is being imprisoned without access to light or water was made earlier.

 

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Tinubu, a former United Nations peacekeeper who engineered the coup in Niger, has come under fire for his use of force in the nation. This criticism stems from the fact that he orchestrated the coup.

A concise and understandable summary of the most recent developments in Niger

General Abdourahmane Tchiani, the head of the Presidential Guard and the man who led the coup, has declared that he is now in control of Niger. On the other hand, the junta has decided to appoint Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, who had previously served as the Minister of Finance, to the position of Prime Minister.

 

In spite of the fact that politicians from all across West Africa have requested that the junta end its control by military force, they have just now made the announcement that they would be forming a new government.

 

Because of the “risk of military involvement” from Ecowas, the new government in Niger has also banned the country’s airspace indefinitely until further notice. This will remain in effect until further notice.

 

On Wednesday, in an attempt to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis, General Tchiani spoke with the influential Muslim cleric Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of Nigeria. In the past, Sanusi served as the Emir of Kano.

 

Since the leader of the coup had previously avoided meeting with a number of envoys, including the most significant religious leader in Nigeria as well as delegations from the United States, the United Nations, and the African Union, this was one of the first meetings that he had undertaken since the coup.

 

In a separate development on Wednesday, France addressed charges made by the military junta in Niger that it was aiming to destabilise the country by the acts that it was taking. Before gaining its independence in 1960, the nation of Niger, which is located in West Africa, was a French colony.

 

The planners of the coup claimed that French aircraft had violated the country’s airspace and that French forces had freed imprisoned jihadists in order to attack military sites. They also claimed that French troops had liberated captured jihadists in order to hit military facilities. They further said that French soldiers had let free terrorists who they had detained.

 

In its reporting, the AFP news agency has cited a joint statement from the French ministries of foreign affairs and defense. According to the statement, “France categorically rejects the additional bogus claims by the putschists in Niger.”

 

They also said that the aircraft obtained authorization from Niger’s military forces to fly over the country.

 

Both the United States and France maintain military bases in Niger as part of their attempts to thwart the operations of terrorist outfits that are active across the region.

 

After a military takeover in Mali, French soldiers received orders to withdraw from the nation and establish their major base of operations in Niger.

 

In the framework of continuing diplomatic efforts, two envoys dispatched by Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu have met with the junta in Niamey, which is the capital city of the country.

 

 

 

 

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