A coalition of pro-democracy activists in Katsina State on Sunday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the deposed Niger Republic president, Mohammed Bazoum.
Niger’s military overthrew the democratically elected President Bazoum in a coup on July 26.
Speaking during a peaceful procession, the chairman of the coalition, Bishir Dauda, condemned and denounced what he called an unjustifiable coup d’état in Niger and indeed anywhere else.
“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of President Bazoum.
“We also strongly condemn the arrogance and disrespect to world leaders and respected individuals displayed by the coup plotters.
“They showed disrespect to people like the former Nigerian Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, and the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad-Abubakar III,’’ Mr Dauda said.
The coalition applauded ECOWAS for its firm stance in support of democracy and the need to restore constitutional order in Niger.
“We warn the junta not to plunge our sub-region into a needless and unwarranted conflict because of their selfish gain.
“The junta should reciprocate the peace gesture demonstrated by ECOWAS and by President Bola Tinubu by immediately opening channels of dialogue for a quick solution to this problem,’’ Mr Dauda added.