The coup in Niger is a part of a rising disaster within the huge Sahel area, which stretches from the east to the west of Africa, straight beneath the Sahara Desert. The area has seen a number of crises in recent times, however Niger was largely thought to be secure. “A gradual breakdown of governance in West Africa would open the door for an extra enlargement of Islamic State and al-Qaeda associates, and these teams’ affect would give rise to humanitarian, safety, and migration challenges,” Carl Bildt, co-chair of the European Council on International Relations, wrote.
Niger is strategically necessary to West Africa. The nation serves as a a middle for international troops who’ve come to the area to fight non secular insurgents. Additionally it is a hotbed of uranium and oil reserves: Niger is the seventh-largest uranium producer on the planet, and produced 5% of the world’s uranium mining output in 2022.
ECOWAS would intervene to cease what the bloc describes as a “contagion” within the Sahel. Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, instructed The Africa Report that there have been seven coups within the area within the final three years. “That is the fourth profitable coup. You will need to cease the contagion and we really feel that that is the correct time with Niger, after all of the warnings.”