Launch of work on the WAPP North Backbone Project – WAP

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mohamed Bazoum and his counterpart from Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), proceeded this Tuesday in the early afternoon of February 22, 2022, in Gorou banda, about ten kilometers from Niamey, to the official launch of the Regional Electrical Interconnection Project WAPP Dorsale Nord.

The Ghanaian President, who arrived in the morning to participate in this ceremony, was greeted at the foot of the footbridge of the presidential plane by President Mohamed Bazoum.

After the performance of the national anthems of the two countries, and the review of the troops who paid them the honors, the President of the Republic of Ghana was greeted by Nigerien officials, in particular the Speaker of the National Assembly, HE Mr. Seyni Oumarou , the Prime Minister, Head of Government, HE Mr Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou and the High Representative of the President of the Republic, HE Mr Foumakoye Gado.

The ECOWAS WAPP (West African Power Pool) North Backbone Project, at a total cost of USD 568.2 million, aims to set up a 330 kw interconnection line , called Dorsale Nord, to supply, from Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

Funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the French Development Agency, the European Union and a counterpart from Nigeria, the works of this electricity interconnection project will be completed in 2024.

In a speech, the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies Mr. Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, welcomed the presence of the two Heads of State at this ceremony, which is proof of their support for the implementation of this project.

This project aims, among other things, to operationalize the regional electricity market. In particular, it will allow the regular supply, and at lower cost, of electrical energy to West African populations.

Mohamed Bazoum: “The end of Barkhane will create a vacuum that will benefit terrorists”

Mohamed Bazoum: “The end of Barkhane will create a vacuum that will benefit terrorists”

After a meeting at the Élysée, the President of the Republic HE Mohamed Bazoum, analyzes the consequences of the withdrawal of Barkhane and Takuba.

Le Figaro.

– What is your reaction to the announcement of the end of Barkhane and Takuba?

Mohammad BAZOUM. –

I obviously deplore this, because Barkhane and Takuba play a very important role in securing northern Mali, so close to Niger. Their departure will create a vacuum which will be filled by the terrorist organizations already very present in this region. This will be a threat that will jeopardize the entire stability of Mali first, then that of Niger and the sub-region by contagion effect.

France and Europe nevertheless want to maintain a presence in the Sahel. Is Niger ready to welcome more international troops?

The discussion we had on Wednesday evening led unanimously to the need for a reorganization of the system that was in place in Mali. This will lead in particular to a form of presence of these forces in Niger and on the territory of other African countries, a little further south, which may request it. In view of recent developments in Benin, it is clear that these countries have needs. It is foreseeable that a certain number of these forces will be deployed in these regions in the face of these new threats, as well as in Niger, which is already in turmoil. Things will become clearer from June and the protocols will be refined.

Where will this deployment take place?

There will be new establishments in Niger. Our goal is for our border with Mali to be secure. We expect that after the departure of Barkhane and Takuba, this area will be even more infested and that the terrorist groups will strengthen. However, we know that they are destined to extend their influence. The new bases will therefore not be far from Ménaka and Gao. They will especially welcome Takuba, because it has great advantages for us. They are special forces with capabilities responding to the threat posed by terrorist organizations. Takuba is also a force integrated into the Malian army and soon into the Niger army. We will have an agreement with the European governments which could intervene. Barkhane’s concept is a bit different.

Do you fear a collapse of Mali?

This worries me a lot. I cannot imagine what Mali could be like in a few months. This is why it is urgent that the current authorities of Mali reconnect with their partners and recreate a normal framework so that ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States: editor’s note) can lift its sanctions and that the international forces can, perhaps, redeploy. This would also save the assets of the Minusma (the United Nations mission in Mali: editor’s note) which could otherwise be called into question by the deterioration of the situation. In the Gourma, for example, Takuba and Barkhane are doing a remarkable job. But without them, the threat will weigh directly on Gao and also on Ménaka.

According to Paris, the break with the junta is mainly linked to the intervention of Russian mercenaries. What do you think?

This is the reason given by France and I have no value judgment to pass on the analyzes carried out by France. I also understand that she may consider that the conditions no longer exist to stay in Mali. I also think that it is preferable to have recourse to state structures rather than to personnel from private companies, whose ethics are not very assertive and whose action could pose other problems.

How do you view the military in power in Bamako?

These soldiers came to power by promising to secure Mali. I note on the contrary that, since they are there, the situation deteriorated considerably. Since the coup, all military posts on the Niger border have been deserted under terrorist pressure. There is no longer a Malian army on the Niger border, an area literally occupied by terrorists. So this promise did not come true. The military also planned to organize elections in eighteen months. Then, after sixteen months in power, they announced that these elections were no longer a priority before presenting, at the request of ECOWAS, a roadmap where they plan to remain in power for five years. All this indicates, in truth, that they are only alibis for exercising power and enjoying it, even if the situation in Mali deteriorates in all areas. In reality, we are dealing with a classic 1970s coup, a usurpation of power.

The junta was harshly sanctioned by ECOWAS. Should the penalties be tightened further?

I think that the military must respect their commitments. Mali is a sovereign country and it is the country that has been the most active within ECOWAS to have the additional protocol on good governance adopted. The Malian presidents have spearheaded this. When, in 1996, there was a coup d’état in Niger, then another in 1999, Mali was the country that was the most committed to ensuring that the texts were applied with great rigor. It is therefore completely normal that these same texts are applied to him today.

Don’t you fear that the increase in foreign soldiers in Niger will excite anti-French sentiment, which is already very present?

I like to remember one thing. In August 2020, after the coup in Mali, ECOWAS took action. We have not seen anyone denigrate ECOWAS and the Malian military had submitted to its will. The same soldiers decide seventeen months later that they will not leave power. ECOWAS is taking the same measures and there is a virulent campaign against it on social networks, accused of being in the pay of France. This campaign is skilfully prepared. Go to Gao and ask if Takuba and Barkhane are forces that matter to them! This is what counts for states like us. Our duty is to bring security to our populations.

It’s not purely virtual. In Tera, a Barkhane convoy was blocked by a crowd…

The crowd was made up of children, college students. It was Barkhane’s 32nd convoy and no one had noticed it until then. Suddenly, when the campaign I mentioned reached cruising speed, there were Nigeriens who mobilized unconscious young people. But it is not representative of an opinion, it remains marginal.

This campaign is based only on cliches and denigration for which those who are behind it have succeeded in creating favorable conditions for a certain receptivity.

By Tanguy Berthemet For Le Figaro

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mohamed Bazoum received, on Tuesday afternoon February 15, 2022, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), Mr. David Beasley

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mr. Mohamed Bazoum received, on Tuesday afternoon February 15, 2022, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), Mr. David Beasley.

“The President of the Republic is totally committed to supporting people affected by the various crises linked to insecurity, drought, the effects of climate change and Covid-19,” said Mr. David Beasley on leaving. of hearing.

The interview focused on several topics including “how to support all these families across Niger”, he said.

“Programs such as school feeding and resilience, which allow families to meet their needs, are to be preferred,” he said.

“My role, he stressed, is to ensure that the WFP cannot have work to do, when we manage to allow families to succeed on their own, to take charge of themselves. And we are doing this work together with the Government of Niger. »

“I’m going to speak with world leaders so that we don’t forget Niger. We will work together for peace, and make sure that countries like Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria and Yemen cannot take the lead in the news,” Mr. David Beasley said.

WFP, the largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger in the world, “responds in Niger to the needs of poor women, men, boys and girls since 1968.”

To save lives, this UN organization intervenes in crisis areas. It provides food assistance in these areas to help victims of conflicts, such as refugees, displaced persons, returnees and host populations.

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mr. Mohamed Bazoum received, in the early afternoon of February 15, 2022, the Commissioner for Home Affairs of the European Union (EU), Mrs. Ylva Johansson.

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mr. Mohamed Bazoum received, early Tuesday afternoon February 15, 2022, the Commissioner for Home Affairs of the European Union (EU), Mrs. Ylva Johansson.

The European Commissioner told the press that she had congratulated the President of the Republic “for his leadership and his action on migration” adding: “I hope that he will be recognized and praised for this action at the African Union-Union Summit which will be held in Brussels”.

“We have very good cooperation between the European Union and Niger and the objective of my visit here was to learn more, to hear and to exchange with interlocutors such as the Minister of the Interior, in order to deepen and expand our cooperation in migration management, security and border surveillance,” said Ylva Johansson.

”I listened to President Mohamed Bazoum and heard his views on areas to be strengthened and his analysis of the security situation around Niger,” she said.

“Niger has the right approach to migration, a normal and manageable phenomenon, and it is a phenomenon that will not go away, the main thing is to manage it together and in an orderly manner”, indicated the Commissioner. , saying she is “very satisfied” with her stay in Niger.


Bismillahi Alrahmane Arrahim

Mr.      Minister of Islamic Affairs and Original Education,

Ladies and Gentlemen Ministers,

His Eminence, the Scholar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Beyyah        , Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace, Chairman of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies,

Ladies        and Gentlemen Ambassadors, Eminent Ulemas from all over Africa, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to sincerely thank Sheikh Abdullah Bin Beyyah, President of the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace, for the honor he has done me to give me this great opportunity to address this prestigious audience of men of faith, erudite men to talk about Islam and Peace as conceived by this religion.

This debate is necessary, what am I saying?, it is urgent as it is true today that in the name of Islam, so many abominations are happening in the world. Those who disguise Islam so much and give it such a negative international image, do so in the name of a reading of the Koran at odds with what this delicate text contains. Our duty is to undermine all these perverse readings and the heretical behaviors they generate in order to ensure the triumph of the deeply humanist project of this religion so far removed from the caricature that is given of it.

I am particularly happy that this debate is taking place in Mauritania, the matrix of an Islam that was carried forward by men who were as learned as they were devoted and who ensured its expansion throughout the Sahel and well beyond. This Islam of Mauritania is the authentic model of an Islam which makes no room for violence and the theoretical lucubrations which serve as its fuel.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The customary greeting of the Muslim who introduced my remarks already asserts the peaceful intention which is the principle of our profane and sacred life.

Islam has always advocated peace and respect between individuals, between peoples and with oneself: benevolence towards peoples and Abrahamic religions is a principle that is both religious and social. Even in the context of the Arabian region of the 7th century, peace between the tribes was required, in order to put an end to the raids for the tranquility of the populations and their economic activities, in particular the caravan trade. Islam then immediately instituted a sacred calendar which offered truces in the various tribal and commercial conflicts. In this regard, the Quraysh tribe played an important role in the process of unification of tribes living from pastoral activities and raiding. The repercussions of the trade will pacify the tribal conflicts in the region of Hijaz, the cradle of Islam, particularly in Mecca. The principle of conflict had certainly not disappeared because forms of violence persisted resulting in practices of enslavement, slavery, and other types of tension, but mores had been singularly pacified, generating a feeling of increased security.

Islam is therefore based on a demand for peace, love, benevolence and recognition of human dignity, on a basis of transcendence and shared faith. It proposes a society of peace and harmony, beyond the Arabs, to all of humanity. By making science an imperative, through the injunction to read (Iqra!) Islam creates the conditions to prevent the practice of faith from being in contradiction with the holy benevolence and humility which are inseparable from the peace.

Many Suras insist and indeed reveal with clarity the close links between peace and Islam.

“The truth comes from our Lord; say: whoever wants to be a believer, let him be, and whoever wants to be an unbeliever, let him be” (Qur’an, Sura 18, verse 29).

“no compulsion in religion” (Sura 2, verse 256) or “God does not like aggressors” (Sura 2, verse 290).

Or this other verse in which it is said: “the servants of the Merciful are those who walk with modesty and who answer: Peace! To the ignorant who speak to them” (Sura 25, verse 63).

It is not superfluous to recall that the terms of Silm and Salam, in the sense of peace, concord, as opposed to war, return in 49 suras.

Indeed, peace is the principle of the quest of the Muslim who is anything but submissive: Islam means humility, in the sense that Socrates affirms “know yourself, yourself” as an ethic of humility through the refusal of the sin of pride and vanity, and therefore by reflexive recognition of the limits of the finite human.

Openness to tolerance and humility stem from a quasi-necessity: the virtue of the Muslim is to learn (Iqra) so as to avoid thinking of himself beyond his creator, as the first cause of the World and its to be.

To fully understand this, we must refer to the meaning given to the word Jihad, this term so overused and so controversial today. The most widespread meaning of this term actually stems from a misunderstanding because Jihad consists of an effort and a quest above all personal and spiritual. Man must by Ijtihad drive out pride and vanity in himself in order to humbly receive the word of peace in the soul and heart of the Muslim pacified by the practice and ritual of the obligations of faith and above all, appeased by the presence of the divine in him and outside him.

This major, spiritual Jihad, which differs from the minor Jihad (which results in war) makes it possible to channel the violence of satanic impulses in man and sublimates warlike violence into spiritual asceticism and into incessant learning of social, political and psychic. An authentic Muslim is a man of peace in search of benevolence so that the purity of his heart opens him to the tranquility and peace of God, for the greater good of the Umma. The great discord (Al fitna Al kebira) is that which cracks the soul of the believer who then lets earthly vanity speak in him instead of God who has deposited his word (Kalam) in his soul through the holy book.

Thus, the expression of conversion: “Aslam taslam” can be understood and translated in two senses: “submit, your life will be saved” or “embrace Islam, you will be at peace”. If we forget that one of the names of God is Salam, we can be mistaken in a literal understanding losing sight of the divine injunction in this case to make peace with oneself, the other and the world.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In truth, there is reason not to confuse the wars to be waged. The Malikite jurists in the Maghreb have settled the question the way we know. According to them, it is necessary to obey the authority which respects the religious practice of citizens and those subject to divine law. In this sense, legitimate religious authority, which is not blinded by the present, is that which authorizes civil peace and does not confuse conflicts in the spiritual world with those in the earthly world, in order to better drive out violence and to avoid war between men.

There cannot therefore be true Muslim terrorists and criminals, Islam condemning the killings of the innocent. Every man who builds peace is under the benevolence and grace of God. Any man who assassinates and kills, in the name of God, brothers and sisters, is a vulgar criminal doubly at fault. Terrorist violence is the enemy of God because it is the enemy of peace which is the name of God for all Muslims on earth. The dogmas frozen outside of history, which criminals claim in a totally illegitimate way, are benchmarks maintained outside the dialectic of the meaning of the Koran and its understanding. This is why they produce fixed systems, which inevitably lead to conflicts of civilizations by denying the profoundly inclusive and fraternal character of Islam.

Heresy therefore consists in forgetting the meaning of study and humility at the base of the ritual and ritualized practice of Islam leading to this fraternal and just peace. The peace of Islam requires work, a continuous effort in order to lead the human being to the deep recognition of practicing this peace, in oneself and outside oneself, as being the divine path and the way of openness to another as an ethic of godly living. It is in this sense that our societies will find the justice and benevolence that guarantee peace and security in the world.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, the countries of the Sahel are ravaged by an implacable war, which is the work of young people recruited in the name of Islam and whose cruel violence has caused thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced people doomed to precariousness. absolute, for the most part ironically, Muslims. It has been possible for people to be killed en masse inside mosques, even during the holy month of Ramadan. Do we really need to be particularly knowledgeable about these issues to realize that those who were able to create such monsters are anything but men with the slightest regard for Islam? In truth, in the Sahel more than elsewhere, the prevalence and instrumentalization of supposedly rigorous ideas hardly masks what is only a sordid enterprise of

The uneducated young people in charge of violence in our region, who think they are in the service of God, are in reality in the service of greedy men who have ordered them to steal the cattle of the poor and impose a tithe on the poorest scandalously called Zakat . The regions of Mali, Niger, Burkina and the Lake Chad basin affected by this scourge of terrorism claiming to be Islamic are experiencing real human tragedies against a backdrop of economic disasters, the effects of which will mark the populations living there for a long time. It is no coincidence that it is in the Sahel that the two major international terrorist groups, DAESH and AL QAEDA, have epigones whose random grips are called Provinces. Far from revealing the viability of the false doctrines underlying their project, the phenomenon is taking a caricatural turn that reveals its moral and political impasse. If this area of ​​the Sahel is today the scene of this tragedy, this is quite simply indicative of the low level of education of young people and the state of their social distress. It is in any case far from being the proof of any success of their criminal doctrines.

Rather, peace is the political and spiritual truth of Islam. As salam is the attribute of God which is repeated daily by the Muslim.

Let us then try by our actions and our words to pacify the world where violence and division are daily challenges for the authentic Muslim.

I thank you for your benevolent listening and I ask you to receive the expression of all my desire for fraternity, unity and harmony.

Assalam aleikoum.

Peace be upon you, my brothers .

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mohamed Bazoum, received on Wednesday February 9, 2022, the Luxembourg Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Mr. Franz Fayot.

The President of the Republic, Head of State, HE Mohamed Bazoum, received on Wednesday February 9, 2022, the Luxembourg Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Mr. Franz Fayot.

“We discussed the excellent relations between Luxembourg and Niger which date back more than thirty years and also took stock of our joint achievements under the latest Indicative Cooperation Plan (ICP) between 2016 and 2021”, said Mr. Franz Fayot.

These achievements mainly concern “key sectors” for Niger: water, sanitation, education, vocational training and agriculture, he said, adding that we can show “very good successes , which explains why PIC 4, which entered into force this year, is a record PIC for Luxembourg. »

“We have allocated an envelope of 145 million euros to this programme, which is the largest envelope in Luxembourg. Niger is the most important country for Luxembourg cooperation and we will continue in the sectors in which we have worked so far. In water and sanitation, we are a European leader but also in education, the empowerment of young people and especially young girls,” explained the Luxembourg minister.

“We are very aligned with what the Republic of Niger is doing. It is a cooperation that is good and that will, in the coming years, go even deeper,” he said.


Mister President,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State, Heads of Government,

Excellencies former Heads of State,

Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations,

Distinguished First Ladies,

Mr President of the Commission,

Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to greet you and thank you for welcoming me today in this prestigious setting of the Conference of Heads of State, in the NELSON MANDELA room which I am pleased to find again to recharge my batteries in the values ​​of fraternity, pan-African solidarity and commitment embodied by this great figure NELSON MANDELA whose memory and exemplary struggle I salute.

Mister President,

Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen,

I salute the presence of former African Heads of State, including President ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU , the very man who, the day after his election as head of Niger in 2011, affirmed, here, his attachment to the African Charter for Democracy, elections and good governance, and its commitment to respect the Nigerien Constitution by adhering to constitutional legality.

He kept his word and for the first time in Niger, a democratically elected President handed over the baton to another President chosen by the people.

On April 2, I took the oath and solemnly pledged to continue the work of national construction in accordance with democratic rules and principles.

I also pledged, in my inauguration speech, to strengthen bilateral cooperation with all friendly countries and to affirm Niger’s presence on the multilateral scene, particularly in the fight to build the Africa we want for ourselves. themselves and for future generations.

I would like to assure you that I will ensure throughout my mandate that my country, Niger, remains active in the creation of continental and regional partnerships and synergies for a more united and better integrated Africa.

I seize the opportunity of this 35th ordinary session of the Assembly of the Union to urge my peers to a sustained mobilization in the fight against terrorism and all the factors of violence that prevail in our continent.

Ladies and gentlemen

I would like to welcome the progress made by our continent, in particular with the establishment of ZLECAF. This instrument should be used to develop trade between our countries and put an end to this unacceptable situation noted by the African Development Bank consisting in the fact that intra-African trade represents only 16% of our foreign trade.

For this, we must continue the technical discussions but also continue the implementation of the Infrastructure Development Program (PIDA) , the Yamoussoukro Convention on Air Transport in Africa as well as the rapid adoption of a harmonized system of payments. and financial exchanges.

Coming from a country in the Sahel, faced with the impacts of climate change, food insecurity, desertification, floods, I cannot end my remarks without calling for the respect of the commitments of countries that are major emitters of greenhouse gases. , underwritten in Paris , Marrakech and Glasgow .

Finally, I express my good appreciation of the work carried out by the President of the Commission, Mr. MOUSSA FAKI MAHAMAT . He leads our commission with competence and loyalty. May he receive my encouragement here and through him, his entire team.

Long live the African Union.

Thank you for your kind attention.