US President Joe Biden has called on the Nigerien military junta to immediately release the country’s legitimate Head of State, Mohamed Bazoum.
Biden made this call on Thursday, while stating that people of Niger have the right to choose their leaders.
“The Nigerien people have the right to choose their leaders,” the US President said. “They have expressed their will through free and fair elections — and that must be respected.”
The military junta had ousted President Bazoum by his guard in a coup which has received condemnation from the ECOWAS, the United Nation, European Union, and the United State.
Following the coup, ECOWAS has imposed series of sanctions on the country which includes the closure of all land borders and airspace. The bloc has also given the military a seven-day ultimatum to restore the country’s democratically elected governments or may be forcr to carry out more actions, which could include the use of force.
Also, the African Union, AU, has gave the junta 15 days to return President Bazoum as the Niger’s legitimate leader.
Bazoum was elected as the country’s president in 2021 in what was described as Niger’s first ever peaceful transition of power.
The country has experienced four previous coups since her indepemce from France in 1960.