Niger Coup: Chief Of Staff Of Ousted President Arrives In Ghana

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Djibo Takoubokoye Daouda

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The one-time Chief of Staff of the dethroned Head of State of Niger, Djibo Takoubokoye Daouda has landed in Ghana.

This revelation was made on the Accra-based Tv channel, TV3, and reported exclusively by GJA award-winning host, Portia Gabor on the channel’s mid-day news on Friday, August 18. It is ambiguous why Daouda is in Accra. However, it arrives at a period the President of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum, has been carried hostage by the army amid a coup.

The army interference in constitutional rule in Niger has necessitated West African army chiefs to hold a crunch meeting in Accra, which commenced Thursday, August 17, and is anticipated to finish up today Friday, August 18, to discover methods to resuscitate constitutional dispensation in that jurisdiction.

The session ensued a decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States to trigger a standby force in the turmoil-hit West African country.

The Sub-regional bloc had initially given the military junta spearheaded by General Abdourahamane Tchiani a seven-day request to put back Mohamed Bazoum as President.

Thereon, the ultimatum elapsed, and the Authority agreed on Thursday, August 10 in Abuja, Nigeria to inquire into other alternatives including an intervention by the stand-by army.

In the course of the meeting on day one, Defence Minister of Ghana, Dominic Nitiwul divulged the army chiefs to be loyal to their heads of state and also to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as steps are being initiated to resuscitate democracy in Niger.

He, therefore used the occasion to appeal to the army chiefs to send a signal to the world that the days that coup makers relished the backing of the populace are through.

In his exact submissions, “Your presence alone sounds and gives me a powerful message to the world that you are united in carrying out the directive of the heads of state and governments of ECOWAS and that after today and tomorrow’s meeting, you will put in place a plan to ensure that a standby force is activated and that democracy will be restored in Niger.

“If Presidential guards in Guinea and Niger take hostage of their president, nobody in West Africa is safe. That is why I urge you to continue to be loyal to heads of state, I urge you, to continue to be loyal to Ecowas directives, and to give effects that the days that coup d’etats enjoy the support of our people are over.

“Yes, in a democracy people will agree to disagree, but the vast majority of our people in West Africa are with you, the vast majority of the people of West Africa do not want to be under the difficulties that we are facing today.”

The Niger military council declared openly a list of 21 individuals comprising two ministers of state and a delegate minister that it mentioned will become ministers in a new administration.

Meanwhile, the new administration was announced on state TV at 00:30 GMT (01:30 local time) with the pronouncement of new cabinet members.

Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu

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