Urgent Plea for Justice: AU Chairperson Condemns Shocking Detention Conditions of Niger’s President


The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, has issued a resolute endorsement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decisions concerning the recent anti-constitutional developments in Niger. The Chairperson’s support comes alongside an impassioned appeal to address the dire circumstances surrounding the detention of President Mohamed Bazoum.

Calling for an end to the escalation of tensions with ECOWAS and the immediate improvement of President Bazoum’s living conditions, the Chairperson emphasized the gravity of the situation. The continued sequestration of a democratically elected leader within deplorable conditions is deemed unacceptable and against the principles of democracy.

“The treatment endured by President Bazoum, a product of a legitimate electoral process, is deeply troubling and undermines the very foundations of governance and justice,” stated the Chairperson. He urged the military authorities to swiftly rectify the situation and work towards restoring constitutional order and democratic norms.

In a fervent plea for justice, the Chairperson urged for the prompt release of President Bazoum and all unlawfully detained members of his government and family. This call for release is grounded not only in Nigerien law but also echoes the core principles enshrined in both the African Union and ECOWAS charters.

The Chairperson extended his appeal beyond the borders of the continent, rallying the global community to join forces in upholding the moral and physical well-being of President Mohamed Bazoum. Stressing the collective responsibility to ensure justice and integrity, he called for unity and decisive action to rectify this distressing situation.

Communiqué of the Chairperson of the AU Commission in support of the 10 August 2023 ECOWAS decisions regarding Niger



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