The ousted President of Niger, Mohamed Bazum, turned to the United States and the world community for help.
- The only way
He asks for help to restore constitutional order in a country in which the rebellious military seized power.
In our hour of need, I call on the US government and the entire international community to help us restore constitutional order, – TASS quotes Bazum’s publication in The Washington Post.
The only way
The president, who was removed from government, called the only way to achieve progress in the fight against poverty and terrorism.
In his opinion, this is the need to jointly “fight for our common values, including democratic pluralism and respect for the rule of law.”
He notes that in the troubled Sahel region, Niger “is a bastion of respect for human rights among authoritarian movements.”
These movements, Bazum continues, have taken over some of Niger’s neighboring countries.
He calls what happened in his state a tragedy for local residents.
And if the coup is successful, there will be “catastrophic consequences far beyond our borders.”
Bazum believes that, given the “open invitation from the organizers of the coup and their allies in the region,” the entire Sahel region is under threat.
The ousted president does not rule out the possibility that the region may come under Russian influence through the participation of PMC Wagner.
He informs that the security situation in his country is much better than in neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso, where those who seized power by force rule.
And he adds: in these states, governments resort to the help of “Wagnerites” instead of “responding to security concerns by strengthening their own capabilities.”
Separately, the leader of Niger noted that he had prepared this article, being in the status of a hostage.