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France Reacts After Niger Coup Leaders Yanked Off Their Ties

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France Reacts After Niger Coup Leaders Yanked Off Their Ties

France has reacted after the Niger Coup leaders cut ties with it.

News ToGo learned that France rejected the Niger junta’s move to terminate bilateral military agreements, asserting that only the country’s “legitimate” leadership has the authority to do so. The French foreign ministry stated that their defense agreement with Niger is based on accords signed with the recognized Nigerien authorities, disregarding the junta’s actions.

The military junta in Niger, which took power after overthrowing President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, 2023, severed ties with France, Nigeria, and other nations following the failure of peace talks initiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The ECOWAS delegation aimed to engage in dialogue with the junta to restore constitutional order, and while the initial contacts were positive, the situation eventually escalated.

Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, speaking on behalf of the junta, announced the revocation of several military cooperation agreements with France dating back to 1977. The junta further suspended the broadcasts of French state-funded international news outlets, France 24 and RFI, earlier on the same day. The French foreign ministry condemned this move.

Amid these developments, locals have accused France of interfering in their affairs, as the former colonial ruler maintains significant ties with the region. Nevertheless, there has been no immediate response from France regarding the junta’s actions.

In response to the coup in Niger, the Chairman of the ECOWAS, Bola Tinubu, met with fellow regional leaders to discuss ways to restore democracy in the country. The ECOWAS leaders considered implementing sanctions against the military personnel involved in the overthrow of the elected government.

The situation remains fluid, and the actions of the Niger junta and France will continue to be closely monitored, as diplomatic relations and military agreements between the two nations are crucial issues that can impact regional stability and security.

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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BREAKING: The Casualty Figures Are Horrifying – Senate Makes Immediate Demand On Israel-Hamas War

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BREAKING: The Casualty Figures Are Horrifying - Senate Makes Immediate Demand On Israel-Hamas War

The Senate has made a key demand regarding the raging war between Irael and Hamas.

News ToGo reports that on Tuesday, November 7, the Nigerian Senate urged the federal government to work with the United Nations to ensure an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The Red Chamber also urged the federal government to press for a two-state solution to end the conflict, in which thousands, including women, children and aid workers had been killed. These resolutions of the Senate followed its consideration and adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Adamu Aliero (PDP-Central Kebbi).

Aliero said the casualty figures in the war were horrifying and that if not ended immediately, it may lead to World War III. Senators who contributed to the debate were Barau Jibrin (Kano North), Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) and Sani Musa (Niger East).

They all condemned the killings on both sides and called for an immediate end to the killings and the safety for lives and property.

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Tension As Obama’s Chef Is Found Dead In Ex-President’s Pond

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Tension As Obama’s Chef Is Found Dead In Ex-President’s Pond

Obama’s Chef has been found dead in the former President’s pond.

News ToGo learned that there is palpable tension after Obama’s chef was found dead in a pond near the Ex-President’s home. Tafari Campbell was a personal chef to former President Barack Obama durng his lifetime.

However, Campbell lost his life in a paddleboard incident. His body was found in a pond close to the Obamas’ home on Martha’s Vineyard on Monday morning. Campbell, 43, was paddle boarding on Sunday evening when he suddenly disappeared under the water.

Bothered by his sudden disappearance, a serious search and rescue effort was launched to locate him to no avail. On Monday morning, his body was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond by Massachusetts State Police divers shortly before 10 a.m. Eastern time. The recovery was made approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about eight feet.

In his condolence message, Obama said, ”Tafari was a beloved part of our family. When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House. He’s been part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are broken that he’s gone. Today we join everyone who knew and loved Tafari, especially his wife Sherise and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin in grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man.”

Authorities are still working to unravel the exact cause of his death. However, no suspicious links have been established.

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