Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, has declared the nation’s unwavering dedication to maintaining dialogue with the government of the Niger Republic to facilitate the release of the deposed President, Mohamed Bazoum. Despite challenges faced by Bazoum since the military junta’s intervention in Niger, Nigeria, a pivotal member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), stands firm in its pursuit of Bazoum’s freedom.
Speaking to Channels Television at the United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai, Minister Tuggar asserted that Nigeria faces no external pressure and is committed to engaging with the Niger Republic diplomatically. The demand is clear: the release of President Bazoum, allowing him to depart Niger and relocate to a mutually agreed-upon third country. Tuggar emphasized that Nigeria’s stance is not an obstruction but rather a call for the removal of sanctions.
Tuggar clarified, “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.”
Contrary to claims suggesting external influence on Nigeria’s position, Minister Tuggar emphasized the historical brotherhood between Nigeria and Niger. He refuted propaganda alleging that Nigeria succumbs to external dictates, highlighting the country’s consistent track record of championing just causes on the continent. Tuggar cited Nigeria’s historical support for freedom struggles in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Mozambique, emphasizing the nation’s unwavering commitment to justice, including the ongoing situation in Niger.
As Nigeria navigates diplomatic efforts, the release of Mohamed Bazoum remains a focal point, underscoring the nation’s commitment to regional stability and adherence to principles of justice and freedom.