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Opinion: ECOWAS and Tinubu, Do Not Gamble with Northerners’ Lives




The prevailing state of affairs in West Africa has placed an impending crisis at our doorstep – a crisis that threatens the very fabric of our existence. At this critical juncture, it is imperative that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its leadership, particularly President Bola Tinubu, exercise prudence and wisdom in their decisions, as the lives and stability of millions hang in the balance.

The recent proposition of military intervention by ECOWAS, under the leadership of President Tinubu, against Niger Republic, has raised alarms across Northern Nigeria. The ramifications of such a move are far-reaching and could lead to devastating consequences, not just within Niger Republic, but across the entire West African region.

It is disheartening to observe that in the face of this impending crisis, many Nigerians remain preoccupied with the pressing issues of our time – the alarming rise in fuel prices, the rapid depreciation of the Naira, the relentless surge in commodity costs, and the prevailing economic hardships that have engulfed the nation.

As we approach this precipice, let us not underestimate the gravity of war, for it is a force that obliterates lives, shatters societies, and scars generations. The shadow of past conflicts looms heavily over us, and we must tread carefully to avoid plunging into the abyss of war.

In these trying times, it is paramount that we prioritize diplomacy and peaceful resolutions over militaristic endeavors. ECOWAS leaders must exhaust all avenues of peaceful negotiation and mediation, actively working to avert the catastrophe that war would unleash.

As the Northerners of Nigeria, we have expressed grave concern over the immediate standby military forces poised for action against the leaders of the Niger Coup. The collective inner peace of countless Nigerians, especially those in the Northern regions, has been disrupted by this prospect.

The proposed military intervention in Niger Republic by Nigeria and other ECOWAS nations is a perilous path. It is rushed, ill-conceived, and fraught with the potential to plunge the region – particularly Northern Nigeria, which is already grappling with the scourge of terrorism – into turmoil and chaos.

It is essential to recognize that the ramifications of military action would extend beyond Niamey, the capital of Niger. The impact would ripple through the Northern Nigerian states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, and Borno, igniting instability and potentially exacerbating existing conflicts.

Our concerns are amplified by the involvement of the Wagner Group, a notorious Russian private military organization, known for sowing discord and inciting conflict. Their intervention adds an intricate layer of complexity, casting an ominous shadow of uncertainty over the situation.

A peaceful resolution seems elusive, particularly considering the Wagner Group’s involvement. Their presence in various global conflicts has perpetuated strife in regions such as Sudan, Syria, and Libya, leaving us to question their role in Nigeria’s affairs. The specter of Russia’s influence further complicates the prospects for a peaceful outcome.

The stakes could not be higher. Should hostilities erupt and Nigeria find itself on the losing side, those who lead us might face the swift dissolution of their positions. In this crucial moment, our senators must heed the lessons of war-torn nations and put their holidays on hold. An emergency session is necessary to halt any precipitous actions and prevent a potential conflict.

The echoes of Syria, Libya, Iraq, and the Central African Republic resound as stark reminders of the horrors of war. Nigeria must not tread the same tragic path. Our lawmakers must rise above political considerations and meticulously scrutinize every aspect of the situation. The consequences are too dire to leave to chance.

As we stand at this precipice, let us rally for peace, unity, and thoughtful decision-making. The Northerners of Nigeria appeal to ECOWAS and President Tinubu to avert this calamitous course, choosing instead the path of diplomacy, reconciliation, and cooperation.

In conclusion, let us be the guardians of peace, the advocates of unity, and the champions of a brighter future for Nigeria and its people. The choices we make today will echo through time, shaping the destiny of generations to come. Together, we can navigate these turbulent waters, seeking solutions that honor the sanctity of life and preserve the harmony of our nation.

May wisdom prevail, and may our collective call for peace resonate far and wide.

With hope for a peaceful resolution.

Nasir Aminu

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  1. Musa K. Abubakar

    August 13, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Very good and timely advice to President BAT and ECOWAS which consistent with my earlier post on the issue of our times:

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