Niger’s military administration on Friday gave the German and Nigerian ambassadors 48 hours to leave the country.
Niger’s Foreign Minister disclosed this in a statement, which stated “In reaction to German Ambassador Olivier Schnakenberg’s refusal to reply to an invitation by the ministry for a discussion on Friday, August 25 at 11.00 a.m., and due to other actions of the German government contrary to Niger’s interests, the ministry is giving 48 hours to Mr. Olivier Schnakenberg’s to leave the Nigerien territory.”
Foreign Ministry in a separate statement also expelled the Nigerian Ambassador to Niger. “In reaction to Nigerian Ambassador Mohamed Usman’s refusal to reply to an invitation by the ministry for a discussion on Friday, August 25 at 11.30 a.m., and due to other actions of the Nigerian government contrary to Niger’s interests, the ministry is giving 48 hours to Mr Mohamed Usman’s to leave the Nigerien territory.”
Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Thursday, met with some Islamic clerics (Ulama) to be dispatched to Niger for continuing negotiations with the coup leaders as the standoff continues heightening a possible military intervention to restore constitutional order in Niger.
Recall that Niger military administration had earlier given the French ambassador 48 hours to leave the country.
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna sent an Aug. 8 note to express solidarity with the Nigerien Ambassador in Paris Aichatou Boulama Kane who refused to leave her position after the military administration took power.