The repercussions of the July 26 military coup in Niger continue. The military junta announced that it is ready to establish a dialogue with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is on the agenda to intervene at any time, Ihlas News Agency reported.
Niger's junta government met with a group of senior Nigerian Islamic scholars, Ihlas News Agency reported. Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau, who headed the Nigerian delegation, said in a statement after the meeting that the group's meeting with junta leader General Abdourahamane Tiani lasted for several hours and that the door was open to diplomacy and peace in resolving the issue. The junta administration has not yet commented on the meeting.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of ECOWAS, had given his approval to the Niamey mission of a delegation of Islamic scholars who pledged to advance dialogue to show that the bloc was still seeking a peaceful solution.
ECOWAS convened for the first time on July 30 after the military seized power in Niger on July 26 and gave the junta a 7-day deadline to release President Mohammed Bazoum and return to office.
The one-week deadline given by ECOWAS to the military junta expired at midnight on August 6. ECOWAS, which stated that they would consider every option, including military intervention, if their demands were not met within this period, did not launch a military operation contrary to expectations.
The possibility of military intervention had also drawn the reaction of other junta governments in West Africa.
In a joint statement, Burkina Faso and Mali, where military governments are in power, warned ECOWAS that military intervention in Niger would mean declaring war on them, while Guinea declared its support for the junta.
In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.
On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.
Source: Ihlas News Agency