Following the coup in Niger, the deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum, has made an urgent appeal to the United States and the “entire international community” to assist in “restoring constitutional order.” Bazoum expressed his plea while emphasizing that he was writing under the constraints of being held hostage.
Bazoum issued a strong “warning” about the potential ramifications of the successful coup, stating that it could result in “devastating consequences for our country, our region, and the entire world.” He highlighted the risk of the central Sahel region falling under Russian influence through the Wagner group. “The entire central Sahel region could fall to Russian influence via the Wagner group, whose brutal terrorism has been on full display in Ukraine,” wrote Bazoum.
In response to the situation, the coup leaders made a significant move by withdrawing Niger’s ambassadors from France, the US, Nigeria, and Togo. They publicly declared the termination of the four ambassadors’ functions through a statement broadcast on national television.
Shortly before this development, Niger’s ambassador to the US, Kiari Liman-Tinguiri, expressed his perspective, urging the junta to reconsider its actions and recognize the unlikelihood of their endeavor’s success.