the daughter of former president Bazoum accuses Mahamadou Issoufou of being the mastermind of the coup

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Hinda Bazoum accused her father’s predecessor as head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Friday April 27 of being ” the brain » of the military coup which overthrew him at the end of July 2023. This is the first time that officially a person so close to ex-President Bazoum has made such accusations.

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With our regional correspondent, Serge Daniel

In an article published by the Nigerien press, Hinda Bazoum asserts that after the coup d’état which overthrew her father, ” the hardest thing to accept was discovering that Mahamadou Issoufou was the mastermind who orchestrated it all “. According to her, Mohamed Bazoum’s predecessor at the head of the Nigerien state had a strategy: ” protect personal interests », and the coup was to allow him to return to power, after a short military transition during which a new Constitution would be adopted.

In the words of the daughter of Mohamed Bazoum, there is bitterness. She recalls that her father always had friendship for 33 years for former president Mahamadou Issoufou, but that ultimately in return, he was betrayed in the most ” cowardly and cruel “.

Also angry, Hinda Bazoum denounces the conditions of detention of her father for nine months and evokes what she calls “ the latest find » from former president Mahamadou Issoufou: “ have a petition filed in the newly created state court to request the lifting of our father’s immunity, followed by his conviction by the military court “. Objective according to her? Make Mohamed Bazoum ineligible. Faced with all these accusations, Mahamadou Issoufou has not yet reacted.