The military leader in Niger, Junta warns ECOWAS leaders assembling in Abuja against intervening in the current situation in his country using military force.

    On Sunday, July 30, West African leaders will gather in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, for an urgent conference on Niger, the scene of a military coup earlier this week.

    The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has the power to restrict borders, suspend Niger from its institutions, and cut it off from the central bank and financial market. Financial assistance and security coordination with Niger have already been halted by France and the EU. The US claims it will do the same.

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    Regardless Junta warns ECOWAS leaders, The USA, France and all other foreign powers that are already showing plans to intervene.

    As the nation’s elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, has been detained by the military for four days, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the commander of the imposing presidential guard, proclaimed himself the country’s leader on Friday.

    On Saturday night, July 29, Niger’s military officials issued a televised warning against any such military intervention by ECOWAS, stating that soldiers are prepared to protect their country.

    Another statement from the junta urged Niamey’s residents to take to the streets on Sunday at 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. CET) to voice their disapproval of ECOWAS and express their support for the country’s new military government.

    According to the World Bank, Niger is one of the world’s poorest nations, getting roughly $2 billion (€1.8 billion) in annual official development aid.

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