Prayers and tributes in Niamey, the capital of Nigeria, at the home of former President Mamadou Tandja, who died on Tuesday at the age of 82. In Niger, he had previously seduced part of the population with his measures against poverty.
From our correspondent in Niamey, Moussa Kaka
National radio has since broadcast Muslim religious praise President Tandja Mamadou died on Tuesday. And in front of his home there are crowds. Parents and friends parade to express their condolences to the former head of state Niger, which, however, on Tuesday. “We worked together in Maradi. He was the prefect, and I was mayor of the city of Maradi. And there it was remarkable “, testifies the former Prime Minister Mamane Oumarou.
“I remember Tandja Mamadou as a statesman, nationalist, patriot. I think it was a baobab that fell, says Minister Boukari Wassalké, who was a political companion of Tandja Mamadou.
“A great development architect”
Elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2004, he is was overthrown by a military coup in 2010 after trying to hold on to power by amending the constitution.
Considered “a great development architect”, Mamadou Tandja left his mark on Niger. “The people of Tahoua, Keïta in particular, will never forget the help given by President Tandja and Prefect Tandja at that time,” testified Aboubacar Kyo Kiodusé.
The official funeral will take place at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, followed by his funeral in Maïné-Soroa, his hometown.