President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly turned down an offer from General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the head of the military junta in Niger Republic, for direct discussions. This development arises amid ongoing efforts to address the crisis in the West African nation.
Diplomatic sources have indicated that accepting such one-on-one talks would be seen as an affront to democratic governance in the region and a lack of respect for the detained former Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum.
According to Empowered Newswire, sources linked to Niger’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York revealed that a group of Muslim Ulamas conveyed Tchiani’s request for direct interaction with President Tinubu. This request was made during a meeting with Tinubu in Abuja approximately a month after the coup in Niger.
President Tinubu Declines Direct Talks with Niger Coup Leader
During the meeting held on August 24 in Abuja, President Tinubu firmly rejected any prospect of engaging with the leader of an illegitimate government that came to power through a military coup, thereby ousting a democratically elected government in Niger.
Nigerian government sources have also confirmed that President Tinubu’s stance is grounded in the belief that engaging in direct talks with Tchiani would wrongly legitimize a coup leader whose government lacks recognition from ECOWAS.
A source stated, “The President outrightly rejected the overture, insisting that ECOWAS leaders would be disappointed, in addition to the fact that such an interaction would send the wrong signal about democratic governance on the continent.”
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