Burkina Faso and Mali have jointly expressed “fraternal solidarity” with the people of Niger after the recent case of military coup.
The two West African and francophone countries joined Guinea in expressing total support for the Nigerien leader Abdourahamane Tchiani.
In a press release, Burkina Faso and Mali have vehemently warned that any intervention in neighbouring Niger would be considered a “declaration of war” against their two countries.
Both Burkina Faso and Mali are ruled by Military men who took power through the “barrel of the gun.” Therefore, it is easy to see where the alliance comes from.
In a statement released on Monday, the governments of Mali and Burkina Faso also refused to implement what they called “illegal, illegitimate and inhumane sanctions” against the Nigerien people and authorities.
This opposition came after the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) sanctioned the country.
The transitional governments of Burkina Faso and Mali express their fraternal solidarity – and that of the Burkinabés and Malian people – to the people of Niger who have decided with full responsibility to take their destiny in hand and assume the fullness of their sovereignty before history,” the statement reads.
The message comes less than a week after soldiers guarding Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum took the leader into custody on July 26, declaring they had “put an end” to his administration.
Among a host of concerns they raised for their action was the “deteriorating security situation” in Niger as well as the rising cost of living.
With Bazoum overthrown, the head of the presidential guard, Abdourahamane Tchiani, named himself leader in a televised address.