Home Health Exclusive: Niger’s Issoufou echoes warning that coronavirus could kill millions in Africa

Exclusive: Niger’s Issoufou echoes warning that coronavirus could kill millions in Africa

20
0

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.

Advertising

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.

>> Watch our interview with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (page in French)

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