NIAMEY, NIGER - AUGUST 06: General Abdourahmane Tchiani (C), Commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, who led the junta called the National Council for the Protection of the Homeland (CNSP) after the coup and headed the transitional government, speaks at the demonstration of coup supporters at a stadium in the capital city of Niger, Niamey on August 6, 2023. The 7-day deadline given by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the military junta on July 30 for the release and reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazum will expire before midnight. (Photo by Balima Boureima/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

General Abdourahamane Tchiani, leader of the Niger Republic’s military junta, has made it clear that none of the three Sahel nations will be returning to the ECOWAS regional bloc.

During an interview he gave on Monday to the RTN news channel in Niamey, the capital of the country, Tchiani made the promise.

According to MISMOB, on January 28, the military governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their immediate resignation from ECOWAS.

The three Sahel nations’ leaders, however, released a statement proclaiming their “sovereign decision” to depart from the group “without delay” in response to the withdrawal threat.

Our access to food and medicine was severed simply because we are bloc members. We have also experienced the loss of power and the freezing of our own finances. In order to improve the lives of our population, we sought advice from our Sahelian neighbors of leaving the bloc. That we ought to detach ourselves from the group that is responsible to other nations. “Therefore, we have severed ties with the bloc and intend to remain an independent nation,” he declared.

“Now the world is a global village and is the world within ECOWAS?,” he asked in response to the withdrawal’s effects on trade, security, and socioeconomic activity. God will provide food for all of His created people.

No way would we ever let Bazoum go. In his opinion, releasing Bazoum would be detrimental to Nigeriens and would be like stabbing ourselves in the gut.

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