Niger Coup: Top Nigerian Muslim cleric meets Niger coup leader

Former governor for the central bank of Nigeria and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, on Wednesday, met with Niger’s military coup leader, Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani.

This would be the first delegation from neighboring ECOWAS member to meet with the coup leader. Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani since his take over has shunned several other delegations from the West African regional bloc Ecowas.

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Gen Tchiani has also previously snubbed Nigeria’s religious leader, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, and several African Union and UN delegations.

Mr. Sanusi disclosed that he spoke to the General and will brief the Ecowas Chairman, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu.

“We came hoping that our arrival will pave the way for real discussions between the leaders of Niger and those of Nigeria,” Mr Sanusi added.

Heads of Ecowas are yet to meet in Nigeria’s capital Abuja to discuss the way forward since the military takeover in Niger.

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In other news, the US and UN have expressed concern for the health of overthrown Niger president Mohamed Bazoum.

A US state department spokesperson said, “We are greatly worried about his health and his personal safety and the personal safety of his family”.

Heads of ECOWAS have given coup leaders in Niger to step down latest by Sunday or face the consequences.

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