The military junta in the Niger Republic, which executed a coup and deposed the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum, has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Nigeria and other nations.
This is coming after efforts of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to resolve the ongoing impasse failed.
Days after ECOWAS issued a seven-day ultimatum for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum to avoid a possible clash with the junta, President Bola Tinubu sent a high-powered delegation to the country to meet with the coup leaders, on Thursday, August 3.
The delegation led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) could not meet with the leader of the junta. It only met with representatives of the junta.
It has now been noticed that the Niger Republic has severed ties with Nigeria, Togo, France (its colonizer), and the United States.
Radio France International reported that one of the putschists said on national television “The functions of the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger to France, Nigeria, Togo, and the United States are terminated.”
The ambassadors include Aishatou Boulamakane, Niger ambassador to the French Republic; Alad Magaskia, Niger ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Sidi Zakari, Niger ambassador to the Togolese Republic; and Limon Tingiri Mohamadou Tiari, Niger ambassador to the United States.