Nigerian President-elect Bazoum warns of risk of “inter-municipal conflicts”

Nigerian President-elect Mohamed Bazoum granted an exclusive interview to Jowharand RFI in the capital, Niamey. Bazoum, who will take office on April 2, called the deadly clashes that followed the announcement of his election “artificial” and fleeting.

He also expressed concern about the risk of “inter-communal conflict”, following several recent deadly attacks by the Islamic State on the Greater Sahara (ISGS) jihadists, adding that Niamey would “address this challenge”.

Finally, Bazoum argued that a “partial” withdrawal of French forces from Niger would not change the balance of power “on the ground”.