Supporters of Niger’s junta rally in Niamey

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Today is Niger’s Independence Day and thousands have poured out in Niamey protesting Ecowas sanctions and celebrating ”kicking French out”. I spoke to a Nigerien just before this Live hit and he told me “Today is indeed our independence and freedom from France and any puppet leader doing their bidding”.
Another told me “Independence didn’t happen in 1960, it happened this year, 2023, now we are truly independent. We can pilot our affairs by ourselves”
Interesting times indeed. This coup is clearly pointing to deeper issues.
And the people seem resolute.
For more on this, please go to DW News
Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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