Niger: Abdulsalami Breaks Silence After Meeting Ousted President Bazoum, Coup Leader

Niamey, Niger Republic – Former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has shed light on his recent encounter with Mohamed Bazoum, the deposed President of Niger Republic. The meeting, which took place on Saturday, August 19, emerged as part of a concerted effort to address the ongoing turmoil in the neighboring nation.

General Abdulsalami Abubakar led a distinguished delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on a critical peace mission to Niger Republic, as reported by Daily Trust.

A Diplomatic Parley with Niger’s Military Leader

Arriving in Niamey, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the ECOWAS team extended a warm reception to Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zeine upon their landing. Subsequently, they were received with due courtesy at the presidential palace.

The essence of the mission came to a focal point during a pivotal 90-minute meeting with General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the leader of the military junta that now governs Niger. This engagement, marked by diplomatic gravity, aimed at fostering a peaceful and collaborative resolution to the current challenges in Niger Republic.

Unveiling Insights from Ousted President Bazoum

Following this instrumental dialogue, General Abdulsalami Abubakar engaged in a one-on-one session with the deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum. Addressing the press corps after this tête-à-tête, Abdulsalami offered insights into the discussions held.

“We listened to President Bazoum’s narrative, delving into his account of events and the obstacles he faced,” stated Abdulsalami. He further emphasized that these revelations would be relayed to the leaders of ECOWAS. This exchange has effectively laid the groundwork for constructive discussions, paving the way for a lasting resolution.

However, the specifics of the discourse between the former military leader and the ousted President, currently in detention, were not detailed in Abdulsalami’s account.

It’s noteworthy to recall that Mohamed Bazoum had reportedly been subjected to constraints, being devoid of contact with the outside world. This circumstance extended to his lack of access to food and necessary medical attention.

As these diplomatic overtures take center stage, the unfolding developments hold the promise of steering Niger Republic towards a more stable and harmonious future. The shared narratives of the parties involved provide a glimpse into the complex interplay of factors at play, guiding the path toward a meaningful resolution.