Niger crisis needs more than diplomacy – US don

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A United States professor, Dr Fred Cocozelli has said the Nigerien democratic crisis does not call for the use of force but will need more than diplomacy for the military junta to relinquish power.

Cocozzelli, an associate professor of Government and Politics at St John’s University told the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that using force would not likely solve the crisis.

The military junta, led by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, had on July 26 overthrown the Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum.

Following the development, ECOWAS threatened to take all measures necessary to restore constitutional order, including the use of force if the coupists failed to do that.

The don said it would probably take promises or benefits for the junta to restore democracy in addition to diplomacy.

He explained that it would take Africa Union, and United Nations with support from the international community to assure Niger that they would support the country to make democracy…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper