Chad’s Transition President Mahamat Idriss Deby on Monday announced that he had made a trip to the capital of Niger, where he held talks with the leaders of the National Council.
On the 26th of July 2023, the commander of Niger’s presidential guard, Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani declared on national television the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum, the closure of the republic’s borders, a curfew, the suspension of the constitution, and a ban on the activity of political parties.
The Chadian president on Sunday met with Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is also the head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“After having made a brief consultation visit to Abuja, Nigeria this morning at the invitation of the Nigerian President, current President of ECOWAS, I completed my trip with a visit to Niger, which is going through a major political crisis.
“In Niamey, I had in-depth discussions with the leaders of the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland (CNSP), in particular General Abdourahamane Tchiani, with President Mohamed Bazoum as well as former President Mahamadou Issoufou in a fraternal approach which aims to explore all avenues in order to find a peaceful solution to the crisis which is shaking this neighboring country,” Deby stated.
Meeting at an emergency summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja, on Sunday, ECOWAS leaders warned that they would “take all measures” including the “use of force” to restore constitutional order in Niger.
The bloc imposed financial sanctions on the coup leaders, freezing commercial and financial transactions between the bloc’s member states and Niger, and imposed travel bans on the military officers involved in the coup.