In the ongoing efforts to resolve the crisis in Niger, the head of the military junta in the country, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, reached out to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for direct discussions. However, President Tinubu has firmly declined this request, citing concerns about democratic governance and showing respect for the still-detained Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum.
According to diplomatic sources, a group of Muslim Ulamas who met with President Tinubu in Abuja about a month after the Niger coup approached him with General Tchiani’s request. However, President Tinubu refused to engage in one-on-one talks with the coup leader.
President Tinubu’s refusal to have direct discussions with General Tchiani is seen as a way to uphold democratic principles in the region. By rejecting the request, President Tinubu is showing support for the detained Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum, and not undermining his authority.
The rejection of the request for direct talks means that the crisis in Niger will continue to be addressed through other channels. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact the ongoing efforts to resolve the situation and restore stability in the country.