The Washington Post reported that the military council in Niger seems to winning in its confrontation with his neighbors in West Africa and the West.
The estimate came after a deadline given on Sunday by the regional bloc ECOWAS for the generals responsible for the coup in Niger to step down and restore President Mohamed Bazoum to power passed with little sign of readiness by countries such as Nigeria or Senegal for military intervention, according to the report.
The Washington Post report added that it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
Niger, unlike Mali and Burkina Faso, seen as a safer and pro-Western bastion in the turbulent, poor and fractured Sahel region, and that it was more in line with Washington and Paris than its neighbors were.
Although there are some opinions that believe that the results of the coup can be reversed, supporters of the coup, especially on social media platforms, have taken a strikingly anti-Western line, describing the Bazoum government and its regional defenders as puppets in the hands of the imperial powers.
The Nigerien view of the events of the military council seems almost identical to the popular narrative circulated after the coups in Mali and Burkina Faso, after the military council, led by General AbdouRahamane Tiani, head of the presidential guard in Niger, overthrew President Bazoum on July 26, suspended the Niger constitution, and arrested hundreds pillars of the former regime.
In response, the Economic Community of West African States imposed severe sanctions on Niger, closing borders, halting electricity imports, and blocking financial transactions.
However, even with the impact of these measures, the new regime appears unrelenting.
Its leaders have met with delegations from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso; two countries dominated by newly installed military juntas, and appear to be rebuffing Western requests to cede control.