US Neoconservatives are allegedly pressuring Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, and ECOWAS to endorse a military invasion in neighboring Niger. The US Neocons and their allies within ECOWAS argue that an invasion is necessary to ensure democracy and stability in Niger. The ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, a key US ally in the region, maintained a friendly relationship with Western powers.
The July 26, 2023, Niger Coup has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the nation’s political stability and has broad geopolitical ramifications for the region. A thorough examination reveals that simmering discontent, primarily due to economic inequality, political corruption, and allegations of electoral misconduct, played a pivotal role in motivating sections of the military to overthrow the existing regime in Niger.