Recently, there was a claim that Mali's military leader threatened to invade the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, should the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deploy its forces to invade Niamey, Niger's capital.
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A Facebook handle, known as Labour Party Plateau State Chapter, made the claim. The user alleged that the West African country said it was aware of the true winner of the 2023 presidential election and threatened to reinstate the purported winner.
The statement reads in part:
“If ECOWAS dares to invade Niamey, Niger, not only are we intervening, but we will simultaneously militarily invade Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to reinstate the rightful winner of the 2023 elections.”
How military took over Niger
As of the time of writing this report, the claim has been shared by 52 Facebook users.
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General Abdourahamne Tchiani, the leader of the Niger presidential guard, ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on Saturday, July 26, and kept him under house arrest.
The ECOWAS has appealed to the military junta to relinquish power to the democratic government, adding that it would not hesitate to use force should it not heed its call. Instead, General Tchiani proposed a three-year interval for his regime to surrender power to civilian rule.
What Mali coup leader says during alliance with Niger
According to the report, the Colonel confirmed that he had a phone call with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, and he called for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis in the Niger crisis.
It was also learnt that Mali and Burkina Faso made alliances with the Niger Republic, and their alignment included that the countries could intervene with their military forces within their national territories should in case of an external invasion.
Colonel Goita of Mali never threatened to attack Abuja
A check of other credible news outlets of the report on the joint declaration confirmed if Colonel Goita honestly said it would make a counter-invasion in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
However, none of the reports on the declaration by the foreign ministers of the "three allies" indicated that Colonel Goita threatened a counterattack in Abuja and installed a particular winner of the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
Therefore, no credible report announced the declaration suggesting that Colonel Goita made the threat and Mali was only represented in the Niger Republic by its foreign minister.
"Expect coup soon": Primate Ayodele tells Cameroun, 2 other African countries
Legit.ng earlier reported Primate Elija Ayodele, the popular political prophet and spiritual leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has predicted that more coups would happen in Africa soon.
In a video released on his Twitter page on Friday, the religious leader said two ECOWAS countries and one in Central Africa would soon be struck.
According to the clerics, Cameroun and Togo would be affected in West Africa, while Equatorial Guinea would be struck in Central Africa.
Rising coups in Africa
The recent coups in Niger and Gabon have raised concerns about the strength of democratic institutions in Africa.
There are already fears other countries may emulate the same approach to oust democratically elected leaders if the ECOWAS and the AU fail to sanction the coupists in Niger and Gabon.
Leaders across various African countries recently reshuffled their military as conversations around coup deepen in the continent.