Albadé Abouba

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Albadé Abouba
Prime Minister of Niger
Acting
In office
23 September 2009 – 2 October 2009
President Tandja Mamadou
Preceded by Seyni Oumarou
Succeeded by Ali Badjo Gamatié
Personal details
Born Kao, Niger
Political party National Movement for the Development of Society

Albadé Abouba is a Nigerien politician who has been the Secretary-General of the National Movement for the Development of Society (MNSD-Nassara) since 2009. He served in the government of Niger as Minister of the Interior from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2010. Abouba also served as Prime Minister in an acting capacity for a brief period in September–October 2009.

Political career[edit]

Abouba is a Bororo (Wodaabe) Fulani[1] from the area of Kao in Tchin-Tabaraden District, which is part of Tahoua Department. He served for a time as sub-prefect of Arlit District,[2] and he was appointed as Minister of the Interior and Decentralization in the government named on 8 November 2002.[3] In order to maintain the balance of party and regional representation in the government, Abouba was dismissed in December 2004 so that the government would not include three MNSD ministers from Tahoua Department. He was instead appointed as Adviser to the Presidency, while holding the rank of Minister.[2]

Abouba was again appointed to the government as Minister of the Interior and Decentralization on 1 March 2007,[2][4] and in the government of Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou, named on June 9, 2007, he was promoted to the position of Minister of State for the Interior, Public Security, and Decentralization.[4]

When Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou resigned on 23 September 2009 in order to stand as a candidate in the October 2009 parliamentary election, President Mamadou Tandja appointed Abouba to succeed Oumarou in an acting capacity.[5] He was replaced by Ali Badjo Gamatié on 2 October 2009.[6]

Following fighting between the army and an unidentified group near the Malian border, in which seven soldiers and a civilian were said to have been killed, Abouba announced on 7 January 2010 that the group had been "neutralised", with 11 of them killed and a number of them captured.[7]

As Minister of State for the Interior and Secretary-General of the MNSD, Abouba was a key associate of President Tandja. When Tandja was ousted in a military coup on 18 February 2010, Abouba and other members of the government were detained. Abouba was one of several ministers who were not promptly released from house arrest in the days after the coup.[8] According to one of the junta leaders, Colonel Djibrilla Hamidou Hima, the ministers "still under surveillance" had held "very sensitive portfolios" and therefore it was necessary "to ensure their security". The MNSD called for the release of Abouba, Tandja, and the others.[9] The other ministers were eventually released on 4 March, but Abouba and Tandja remained in detention.[10]

After the MNSD issued another demand for the "unconditional and immediate release" of Abouba and Tandja, the head of the junta, Salou Djibo, said on 31 July 2010 that they would not be released.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bororo or Mbororo, also known as Wodaabe (Fula: Woɗaaɓe), is a subgroup of the Fula or Fulani (Fula: Fulɓe; French: Peul or Peulh).
  2. ^ a b c "Gouvernement du 1er mars 2007 : Iniquité et part du lion du MNSD", Roue de l'Histoire, n° 342, 7 March 2007 (French).
  3. ^ "Gouvernements de la transition de Tandja Mamadou", official website of the Nigerien presidency (French).
  4. ^ a b List of government ministers of Niger, izf.net (French).
  5. ^ "Niger premier resigns ahead of elections", Agence France-Presse, September 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "Ali Badjo Gamatié nommé Premier ministre du Niger", Temoust, 3 October 2009 (French).
  7. ^ "Armed group routed by Niger in border clash", Reuters, 8 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Niger coup leaders promise fresh elections", BBC News, 21 February 2010.
  9. ^ Fiacre Vidjingninou, "Niger junta pledges new constitution", Agence France-Presse, 21 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Niger junta releases former prime minister, five former ministers", African Press Agency, 5 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Niger junta refuses to free ousted president", Agence France-Presse, 31 July 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
Seyni Oumarou
Prime Minister of Niger
Acting

2009
Succeeded by
Ali Badjo Gamatié