Issued on: 03/04/2020 – 17:19Modified: 03/04/2020 – 17:28
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Nigers President Mahamadou Issoufou discussed the Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading across the whole African continent. He called for a "Marshall Plan" from the international community to help African countries face the unprecedented health crisis.
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Nigers President Mahamadou Issoufou said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was right to warn that the coronavirus could kill millions of people in Africa. As a result, Niger's leader is calling for a "Marshall Plan" from the international community to help African countries face this unprecedented health crisis.
Niger's president also explained that the increase in spending to fight Covid-19 in his country, combined with ongoing efforts to battle terrorism, represented a considerable financial burden.
However, Issoufou rejected the theory, put forward in a memo from the French foreign ministry, of a possible collapse of the Sahel nations following the Covid-19 pandemic on the continent. On the contrary, he called for more solidarity so that the post-coronavirus world differs from the previous one.
Turning to the French presence in the Sahel region, Niger's president insisted he did not fear a French militaRead More – Source