We are deeply concerned by the events unfolding in Niger, which seriously threaten democracy and regional stability.
Niger, like most countries in the region, faces several longstanding climate, economic and security challenges, which successive administrations have led the way in addressing.
Nothing can justify the overthrowing of a democratically elected government.
The current situation risks undermining the progress in tackling some of the country’s most deeply entrenched challenges.
Once again, we see armed forces in African countries turn their guns against their governments rather than protecting their own people and fighting terrorist threats.
It is critical that the people of Niger’s right to democracy and stability is protected, constitutional order restored, and President Bazoum immediately re-instated.
Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Africa-Europe Foundation
Statement by Mo Ibrahim on the coup d'État in Niger
27 July, 2023