On July 25, 2023, the President of Niger Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown by a military junta led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchian also known as Omar Tchiani. During protests following the coup, hundreds of people, who supported the coup, gathered outside the National Assembly, holding some Russian flags and hand-written signs saying: "Down with France" and "Foreign bases out". The protesters accused Mohamed Bazoum of being a puppet of France's Emmanuel Macron and Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.
The coup supporters were also pointing their fingers to the ruling party leaders, accusing them of corruption, ineptitude to improve the security situation in the country and lack of the clear resolve to fight against the jihadist insurgency that has been growing in the country for so long, despite inviting foreign troops, including the Rwandan military.
Case of 8 Rwandans Behind the Toxic climate within the Niger government and the tarnished reputation of the short term President Mohamed Bazoum.
On December 27, 2021, the Niger government led by Mohamed Bazoum announced that it was expelling 8 Rwandans acquitted or freed by the United Nations Organization International Criminal Tribunal (ICT) and sent to Niger. According to AfroAmerica Network sources within President Mohamed Bazoum entourage, the decision to break the agreement with the United Nations followed a lengthy direct phone conversation among Niger President Mohamed Bazoum in Niamey and French President Emmanuel Macron and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, from Paris on December 20 , 2021.
The case of the 8 Rwandans ended when the United Nations organ in charge decided that the 8 Rwandans be sent back to Arusha, Tanzania until their transfer to another state, except Rwanda (see Niger - France - Rwanda: Niger President Mohamed Bazoum To Expel Rwandans Allegedly Under Pressure From France's Emmanuel Macron and Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Breaking United Nations Agreement).
Since then the case of 8 Rwandans in Niger has been viewed as another example of how weak African governments, such as the one in Niger led by President Mohamed Bazoum, are exploited by the French government to serve foreign interests while ignoring the oppression, dictatorship, kleptocracy, and human rights abuses committed by governments across the region.
Furthermore the case of the 8 Rwandans created a chaos in Niger administration and exacerbated the already toxic climate within the administration, with some critics within the government and the military, who had, until then, been keeping a lower profile, openly labelling the government of President Mohamed Bazoum as "incompetent", "lacking foresight and planning", being "a puppet of France and Rwandan dictator General Paul Kagame" and leading Niger to a "shit hole" state, starting not even before a year in power.
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Niger Coup: Sign of a Tarnished reputation of France's Emmanuel Macron and Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.
Following the case of 8 Rwandans, the deteriorating security situation, and the increasing corruption, the military coup in preparation since then has been finally been put in action.
As the coup was in motion, Colonel Amadou Abdramane, as the spokesperson of the military junta, said in a statement on July 26, 2023 that the defense and security forces, under the National Council for Safeguard of the Homeland ( in French - Conseil National pour la Sauvegarde de la Patrie - CNSP) are "putting an end to the regime you know" due to "the deteriorating national security and poor economic and social governance.
The coup in Niger is a major setback for France's Emmanuel Macron and Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.
It comes as the rate of military coups has been increasing in Africa. In just over three years, nine successful of attempted coup or attempted coups have been led in West and Central Africa, due to repressive and corrupt regimes, persistent insecurity, dictatorships and power hungry military leaders.
Since 2021, some African dictators were deposed or killed. Those deposed include Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Guinean President Alpha Condé. Chadian President Idriss Déby was killed. Meanwhile, many African dictators remain in power, including some already featured among AfroAmerica Network African ruthless dictators of 2018 (see AfroAmerica Network African Dictators Who Mattered In 2018). New dictators are also joining the ranks (see: Africa: African Dictators of 2021; 3 Down, More to Go) or preparing for potential coups(see: Rwanda: Facing Risks of a Military Coup, Rwanda's Paul Kagame Purges Rwandan Defense Forces Military Leadership).
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