During his inauguration, Mohamed Bazoum made remarks that angered in Bamako, in the right line of his predecessor Mahamadou Issoufou.
It was April 2, at the Mahatma Gandhi center in Niamey. In front of several African heads of state, including the Malian transitional president, Bah N’Daw, the new strongman of Niger took the oath and outlined his priorities: fight against corruption, for social justice, education, demography … And of course , insecurity, a major obstacle to achieving these ambitions.
In front of the Malian delegation, Mohamed Bazoum cited the Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS) and Boko Haram as being the main actors of the violence which mourns Niger, destabilizes its economy and contributes to swelling the ranks of displaced people and refugees. “? This criminal group (EIGS), led by nationals of Maghreb countries, […] has its main bases in Malian territory, in the regions of Ménaka and Gao? ”, said the Nigerien president.
“Diplomatic agenda centered on Mali”
The fight against this group “? will be very difficult as long as the Malian state has not exercised the fullness of its sovereignty over these regions? ”added Mohamed Bazoum. “? The current situation in Mali has a direct impact on the internal security of our country. This is why our diplomatic agenda will be centered on Mali, within the framework of close coordination with the G5 Sahel countries, Algeria, France, the United States and the other permanent members of the Security Council. We must help our Malian brothers to come to an understanding, to implement the Agreement, to even go beyond it, to reconstitute their State in order to fight effectively against terrorism? ”He added.
In Bamako, the words of President Bazoum provoked the indignation of some. The Front for the refusal of the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation (APR) was the first to draw, denouncing in a press release on April 8 “? [qui] undermine the sovereignty of Mali and call into question its impartiality in the management of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation? “.
“This is sufficient reason for the Malian government to reject the presence of this country among the mediation team. The President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, has just disqualified himself as a partner having the interests of Mali and those of the sub-region at heart? ”Denounces the very young group of opponents of the RPA signed in 2015 in Bamako.
This is not the first time that remarks made at the highest summit of the Nigerien state hit Bamako. Already in August 2019, in an interview with Jeune Afrique, Mahamadou Issoufou, then president of Niger, said: “The status of Kidal in Mali is a problem for us. Kidal is a sanctuary for terrorists, and those who attack us often fall back there. Kidal is a threat to Niger and it is imperative that the Malian state regain its rights. ? ” Words reiterated during a visit to Mali a few months later.
According to Mohamed Maïga, an analyst working on socio-economic policies of the territory, the approach of Mohamed Bazoum, “? In saying that the Nigeriens will help the Malians, is also to be analyzed from the angle of a hegemonic desire of the Nigerien diplomacy in the Sahel. ? “
Bazoum, “? a great friend of Mali? “
According to a diplomatic source, several political figures were present during the investiture, including Bokary Treta of the Rassemblement pour le Mali (RPM), Demba Traoré of the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD, party of the former head of opposition leader, Soumaïla Cissé), Aliou Boubacar Diallo of the Democratic Alliance for Peace – Maliba (ADP-Maliba), as well as Tiébilé Dramé of the National Renaissance Party (Parena).
“Malian nationalism should not prevent us from looking reality in the face
The latter reacted in a more conciliatory tone. Demba Traoré for his part believes that the new Nigerien president “? Needed a speech to set the tone?” and calls for focusing on the essential: “galloping insecurity whose epicenter has slipped from the North to the Center. “The region of Sikasso, which was out of danger, is starting to undergo attacks,” he is alarmed.
For his part, Tiebilé Dramé describes Mohamed Bazoum as “? a great friend of Mali? ”, a country of which“? he was the advocate on the international scene, defending its sovereignty, the integrity of its territory and the unity of the Malian nation. “
“? Having become president, he has not changed. He wants to help his Malian brothers to reconcile and restore their state, continues the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali. Like the entire international community, like the Malian state, he recommends the application of the agreement. Better, recognizing the limits of the RPA, he recommends going beyond, to ‘go beyond’, in other words to reread it! Malian nationalism should not prevent us from looking reality in the face. ? Malians should? Focus on their country. ”
Author: Young-Africa – Seneweb.com