The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has strongly condemned the threats made by Niger’s military rulers to prosecute the ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum. The military leaders, who staged a coup that led to the removal of Bazoum from power, announced their intention to prosecute him for “high treason and undermining the internal and external security of Niger.”
In response, ECOWAS issued a statement on Monday expressing its astonishment and concern over the threats. The regional bloc characterized the move as a form of provocation and highlighted its contradiction with the military authorities’ stated willingness to restore constitutional order in Niger through peaceful means.
ECOWAS emphasized that the threats against Bazoum’s prosecution undermine the prospects of a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis in Niger. The regional organization has consistently advocated for the return to democratic governance and constitutional order in the country.
The ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum, along with his family, has been detained at the president’s official residence since the military takeover. International concern has been growing regarding the conditions of his detention and the treatment of him and his family.
The situation in Niger remains tense as the military rulers and the international community, including ECOWAS, engage in efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis. The coup has raised concerns about the stability of the region and the potential consequences for Niger’s political and economic stability.
ECOWAS continues to play a crucial role in addressing the crisis, and its condemnation of the threats against Bazoum’s prosecution underscores the importance of upholding the principles of peace, stability, and constitutional order in the West African region.