A leading Niger human rights activist
has vowed to continue his opposition to President Mamadou Tandja despite what he
claims to be threats of assassination from security agents.
chairman of the United Front for the Protection of Democracy (FUSAD) said he
has come out of hiding to fight for democracy.
Amadou went into hiding shortly
after being released by a judge following his incarceration at the Koutoukale
maximum security prison for defying President Tandja's decree.
Amadou said that he came out of hiding to ensure Nigeriens don't
live in fear.
national police have received the order to take me not to court, but to torture
(me). So, our comrades have decided they cannot let police take me again," Amadou said.
He said the police often
arrest people without any warrant.
"When the police decided to
take me, it is never with a mandate, never. Always when they take me it's after
I'm in jail that they decided to have the reason why they take me. So, we have
decided that we cannot accept these things again," he said.
Amadou said he would
continue opposing the Tandja administration despite alleged threats of torture
"I know that they are not
very happy with what I am doing. I know that they can have the intention to
kill me, but I have decided that my country must have a democratic life for
freedom and justice," Amadou said.
He said Nigeriens are
determined to fight for their freedom.
"People have decided to give
their life for the opportunity that you can actually live in freedom justice.
So, it is an engagement and I know that we can have some success," he said.
Amadou said Nigeriens will
not live under what he calls President Tandja's tyrannical motives.
He described as regrettable
President Tandja's constitutional amendment.
"It is all the republic of
Tandja who is illegal and illegitimate. So if you participate in his parliamentary
election what do you do? You legitimize this republic … you know that," he
Amadou accused President
Tandja of subverting the constitution.
"He is the product of the
violation of our constitution. He is not the king of Niger, he is a citizen of
Niger and he has no power. We are in a system of separation of power," Amadou
He said there are
indications that President Tandja wants to turn Niger into a Kingdom where he
is the king who rules forever.