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Niger Protesters Rename Nigerian President “Ebola Tinubu”

Protesters in Niger have dubbed Nigerian President Bola Tinubu as “Ebola Tinubu,” expressing their discontent over his stance on the recent coup.



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Niger’s streets have become the stage for political drama, with protesters turning their ire towards Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, now mockingly called “Ebola Tinubu.” This symbolizes the frustration and anger over the recent coup in Niger and the reaction of the ECOWAS bloc.

Why “Ebola Tinubu”?

This provocative nickname represents dissatisfaction with Tinubu’s stance on the coup in Niger, not just within the country but also resonating among readers across the region.

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A Closer Look at the Coup

On July 26, 2023, Niger’s presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum, marking a serious blow to democratic progress in the Sahel region.

  • Historic Significance: First peaceful, democratic transfer of power since 1960.
  • International Response: Widely condemned by neighbors, the US, and the 15-nation ECOWAS bloc.
  • Current Situation: Tense and closely monitored by the international community.

Read more about the Niger Coup on

ECOWAS’s Actions

Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s election as the ECOWAS chairman on July 9, 2023, puts him at the heart of the regional response. Here are the key measures taken:

  1. Sanctions: Economic and travel restrictions on coup leaders.
  2. Delegations: Two delegations sent to negotiate with coup leaders.
  3. Military Intervention Threat: Possible military action to restore democracy.
  4. Pressure: Urging the coup leaders to restore President Bazoum and return to order.

Leaked Offensive Plans

Journalist David Hundeyin has raised concerns by leaking a document showing plans for a Nigerian military air offensive on Niger. This has added fuel to the fire of discontent.

“The leaked document highlights potential escalation between Nigeria and Niger.” –

Street Protests

On August 3, 2023, Niger citizens took to the streets with printed images of Tinubu, some even portraying him sleeping at events. The mocking translations, including terms like “Precambrian fossil” and “illegitimate,” reflect deeper political tensions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: Why the name “Ebola Tinubu”?

The name “Ebola Tinubu” is a satirical nickname given by protesters to mock President Tinubu’s response to the Niger coup. It reflects dissatisfaction and political tension. More analysis at

Q2: What led to the coup in Niger?

The coup occurred amid underlying political instability and discontent. It represents a setback to democratic progress and peace in the Sahel region. Detailed insights can be found on

Q3: How has ECOWAS, under Tinubu’s leadership, responded to the coup?

ECOWAS, with President Tinubu as chairman, has taken measures including economic sanctions, diplomatic negotiations, and threats of military intervention. Explore the full response at

Q4: What are the consequences of the leaked military document?

The leaked document has escalated tensions and raised concerns about potential military conflict between Nigeria and Niger. Read more at

Q5: How is the international community reacting to the Niger crisis?

The international community, including the United States, has condemned the coup and called for the release of Niger’s President. More international reactions are covered on

Q6: What is the historical context of coups in West and Central Africa?

The region has witnessed seven coups since 2020, reflecting deeper issues of governance and stability. Find historical context at

Q7: How are Nigerians reacting to President Tinubu’s actions?

Reactions vary, but the leak of offensive plans has sparked concern and debate. Nigerian perspectives are detailed on

Q8: What are the implications for the fight against jihadi violence in the region?

The political instability may hinder the collective fight against jihadi violence, impacting regional security. Explore the implications at

Q9: What’s the significance of the translated words used in the protests?

The translated words like “fossil” and “illegitimate” symbolize the protesters’ discontent and derision. Translation analysis can be found on

Q10: What does this crisis mean for future democratic progress in the region?

The crisis raises concerns about democratic resilience and governance in West and Central Africa. Consider the future impact on democracy at

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