In a show of solidarity and concern, hundreds of Nigerien citizens residing in Kano State have come together to stage a peaceful protest against the recent coup in their home country. The protesters have also expressed their support for the measures taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), including sanctions imposed on Niger.
The individuals partaking in the protest strongly condemned the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum’s democratically elected government. However, they also issued a cautionary note against any potential military intervention in their nation’s affairs.
Leading the demonstration was Lawalli Mamman Barma, the Chairman of the group. On Saturday in Kano, he peacefully led the protest, conveying a heartfelt appeal to the leaders of the military coup. He requested the unconditional release of President Mohamed Bazoum, his family, and all individuals who were reportedly abducted during the military intervention that transpired on July 16, 2023.
In his statement, Barma emphasized, “We are resolutely demanding the immediate release of the President of Niger Republic, along with his family and all others who have been taken against their will.”
While advocating for the reinstatement of democratic leadership in the Niger Republic, the Chairman also urged ECOWAS to reconsider its decision regarding the deployment of military forces in the country. He stressed that dialogue remains the most effective path to conflict resolution, outweighing the option of resorting to military confrontation.