Here we go again. The United States delivered new armor and weapons using war planes to the border of Niger over the weekend.
Niger is warning that it will not take kindly to military intervention. The new government that was seized two weeks ago in a coup has stated that it is ready to launch a “vigorous and instantaneous response” to any country that violates its airspace.
The announcement this weekend warned: “Faced with the threat of intervention which is becoming clearer from neighboring countries, Niger’s airspace is closed from this day on Sunday… until further notice.”
Neighboring Nigeria said that it has a plan but did not say much more. Nigeria is the lead country for ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States. ECOWAS is a Western-backed and the West wants the old government of Niger reinstated.
A deadline was set for Sunday to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum to power but that deadline came and went and there are no signs that the military government will comply.