Niger junta leader meets Goodluck; condoles Yar`Adua`s death

The leader of the military junta that seized power in Niger Republic on February 18 Lieutenant- General Salou Djibo visited Nigeria, its neighbour to condole the death of President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua last month.

Updated: May 27, 2010, 12:54 PM IST

Abuja: The leader of the military junta that seized power in Niger Republic on February 18 Lieutenant- General Salou Djibo visited Nigeria, its neighbour to condole the death of President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua last month.

The junta which suspended the country`s constitution and ousted President Mamadou Tandja, accusing him of having changed the constitution to grasp a third term in office, met President Goodluck Jonathan.

"I decided to make Nigeria my first visit since I came into power, though I would have preferred to come under more pleasant circumstances," he said in the visit that happens to
be his first trip abroad since assuming power.

Djibo who set up Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), dissolved parliament and promised to bring the country back to democracy, was received at the state house by Jonathan and Nigeria`s Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia.

He later travelled to Katsina, the home state of the late president to pay condolence to his family.
The coup leader with his fellow mutineers had stormed the country`s presidential palace detaining the president and his ministers while they were holding a meeting. Less than 24 hours later, they announced a change of government amidst international calls for quick return to democracy.

Foreign envoys from the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) went to consult with the new junta urging it to restore democracy in the uranium producing nation.
Tandja had created an atmosphere of uncertainty within the country by extending his tenure after a second term, sacking the parliament and holding a controversial referendum
that allowed him to have additional powers.

PTI