Nigeria Vows To Pursue Release Of Deposed Niger President, Says No External Pressure

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, stated that Nigeria will persist in engaging with Niger Republic’s government to secure the release of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum.
Bazoum has not been released since the junta struck in the West African country earlier in the year.
Tuggar emphasized that Nigeria’s stance is consistent with ECOWAS decisions and refuted claims of external influence on Nigeria’s actions, highlighting the country’s historical commitment to regional and continental issues.
“And we have made it clear, we spelled it out. We are asking them to release President Bazoum so that he will be allowed to leave Niger. He will no longer be in custody. He will go to a third country that is mutually agreed upon. And then we start talking about the removal of sanctions,” the minister said.
“So, let no picture be painted that Nigeria is the one being difficult or that ECOWAS  – because it was an ECOWAS decision – is being difficult. We continue to talk with them; to engage and our doors will continue to be open to those in charge in Niger as of now. You know, the opportunity is there. We are always ready, willing, and able to listen to them and the ball is in their court.”
Although many had claimed Nigeria was being controlled by some external forces, the minister says the country’s track record on the continent says otherwise.
“There is no conflict between Nigeria and Niger. The people of Nigeria and Niger, we are brothers. We are not against them, and don’t let anybody fool you that Nigeria is being dictated to by some other country what to do,” the minister added.
“That’s pure propaganda. Those are lies. Everybody knows Nigeria’s track record when it comes to standing for what is right –  the fight for freedom in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Mozambique. We are always there. We remain consistent. We see what we’re doing also about Palestine and what is happening in Gaza. This is exactly what we’re also saying about the situation in Niger. “
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