Rep. Bass Condemns the Continued Violence in Niger Ahead of Presidential Inauguration
“I condemn the alleged military coup near the presidential palace just two days before new President Mohmed Bazoum is to take office. This is Niger’s first elected transition in its history since independence from France in 1960, and the perpetrators are trying to impede on the country’s democratic progress. Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou voluntarily stepped down after two five-year terms, and I urge the country to stay the course.
“I also condemn the heinous attacks by the perpetrators who killed more than 100 innocent civilians in the Tahoua region on March 21 and express my deep condolences to the families. I urge the Government of Niger to swiftly investigate and prosecute those accountable.
“There have been several hundred citizens killed in violent attacks this year alone, with Niger trying to combat violent extremism from all sides, including from insurgents in Mali and Nigeria. The international community must continue to support Niger in combating terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crime, and help address these security threats in the region.”