Cape Verde has opposed the military intervention in Niger, joining the ranks of other countries like Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, and Togo.
Cape Verde President Jose Maria Neves stated that restoring constitutional order in Niger should not be achieved through military force or armed conflict. Instead, he emphasised the importance of engaging in diplomatic discussions to resolve the issues at hand.
According to President Neves, any military intervention in Niger would only exacerbate the situation, potentially turning the entire region into an explosive zone. He expressed concern about the consequences of such an intervention, highlighting the need for a peaceful resolution to restore peace and stability.
The opposition to military intervention in Niger was made evident when a meeting of defence chiefs from ECOWAS member nations, which was scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana, was unexpectedly called off. The cancellation of the meeting was due to the divided opinions among member nations regarding the necessity of military intervention in Niger at this particular time.
It is worth noting that this collective resistance against military intervention became more apparent shortly after Russia openly warned against such action in Niger. The stance taken by Cape Verde and other countries within ECOWAS reflects the growing discontent among African nations regarding hasty decisions that could have far-reaching consequences.
A group of 94 French legislators has recently expressed their dissatisfaction with President Emmanuel Macron in a public letter regarding the Niger coup.
They expressed concerns that global powers such as Russia and China posed a threat to France’s presence in Africa. The lawmakers called on Macron to reconsider France’s Africa policy, which they felt had been unsuccessful in gaining cooperation from African nations.
Ultimately, the voices of African people are resonating more strongly now than ever before in history. It is time for Africa to achieve its freedom, and this is non-negotiable. We must never give up on our beloved continent.