The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has acknowledged that Nigeria will proceed to have interaction with the federal government of the Niger Republic to make sure the discharge of the nation’s deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum.
The PUNCH reports that former Nigeria’s Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), stated in August that Bazoum advised the delegation of the Economic Community of West African States the challenges he had confronted since he was detained by the army junta led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani.
Bazoum has not been launched for the reason that junta struck within the West African nation in July.
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But Tuggar stated Nigeria, which performs a vital position within the ECOWAS bloc, received’t relent in urgent for Bazoum’s freedom.
Speaking to Channels Television on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai, the minister stated on Saturday that Nigeria was not beneath any strain to behave in opposition to the Niger Republic.
“And now we have made it clear; we spelt it out. We are asking them to launch President Bazoum in order that he will likely be allowed to depart Niger. He will not be in custody. He will go to a 3rd nation that’s mutually agreed upon. And then we begin speaking concerning the removing of sanctions.
“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,” the minister stated.
According to ChannelsTV, the minister famous that whereas many have incorrectly asserted that Nigeria was beneath the management of exterior forces, he acknowledged that this was not the case.
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He claimed that the nation’s monitor document on the continent proves the opposite.
“There isn’t any battle between Nigeria and Niger. We, the folks of Nigeria and Niger, are brothers. We usually are not in opposition to them, and don’t let anyone idiot you into considering that Nigeria is being dictated to by another nation what to do.
“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,” he added.