Libya: Niger’s Stability Key to Regional Peace


On Saturday, the Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mousa Al-Koni reiterated Libya’s firm backing of Niger’s democracy, applauding its role as a beacon of democratic transition in Africa.

He held a telephone conversation with Niger’s recently ousted President, Mohamed Bazoum. Al-Koni noted the significance of Bazoum’s safety, and the overarching stability of Niger, presenting them as top priorities for Libya.

Al-Koni affirmed Libya’s unwavering support of Niger’s continued democratic journey. He espoused the nation’s desire to broker peaceful resolutions, keenly aware of the larger implications—a potential spillover of militarized conflicts and ethnic tensions that could destabilize the region’s intricate balance.

Drawing upon the deep-rooted bonds between Libya and Niger, which span history, geography, and shared kinship, Al-Koni made a poignant observation: stability in Niger is tantamount to peace in Libya and, by extension, the Sahel-Sahara Region. “The dangers of unchecked armed confrontations can inadvertently amplify terrorism threats and cross-border crimes, especially in zones marred by conflicts,” he cautioned

Amidst the escalating crisis, Al-Koni has proactively reached out to international counterparts and regional allies. A recent, crucial dialogue with Chad’s leader, Gen. Mahamat Idriss Déby in N’Djamena, emphasized swift and amicable solutions to Niger’s current turmoil, keen to prevent a chain reaction of regional unrest.

Libya and Chad, both sharing territorial boundaries with Niger, voiced a united stance, championing peaceful interventions for Niger. As well as beckoning the international community to consolidate efforts for ameliorating regional discord.

The African continent has often found itself at the crossroads of political transitions, with democracy steadily gaining ground in many nations over the past decades.

Post the 2011 downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya experienced significant political and social unrest. The nation’s journey to stable governance has been tumultuous, marked by power struggles between various militias, two rival governments in the east and west, and the involvement of foreign powers. The UN Mission (UNSMIL) is tasked with supporting the country’s transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts.

Niger has had its share of political turbulence. The Sahel nation has faced repeated military coups, since gaining independence from France in 1960. Most recently, the removal of President Bazoum was a significant point of concern for regional stability. This act underscored the delicate nature of civilian-military relations in the nation, and raised alarms about the potential for increased unrest.

The UN has been actively involved in diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability, not only in Libya but also in its neighbouring nations. Regional bodies like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also play a crucial role, particularly in addressing political, economic, and social challenges.