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Niger Republic Coup: Peter Obi reacts amidst ECOWAS call for military standby

By Chukwuani Victoria

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi has suggested the engagement of a diplomatic resolution with Niger coup plotters amidst directives by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for troops to be on standby.

The LP candidate made the plea shortly after the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government hosted by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja, in a decision taken at an extraordinary summit attended by top diplomats from the United Nations, African Union and the regional bloc ordered the commencement of preparations for the possible mobilisation of troops and equipment for a possible confrontation with coup leaders in the Niger Republic.

Taking to the micro-blogging platform, X (formerly known as Twitter) on Sunday, Peter Obi emphasised that primacy must be given to diplomacy of resolution with minimal disruptive impact on Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

He further applauded efforts by the former Kano Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in their respective role in seeking resolution with the leader of the junta, General Abdourahamane Tchiani.

The statement reads: “Recent developments in the neighbouring Niger Republic have become the subject of international attention. For Nigeria, this development is a matter of dire and urgent national interest and security.

“Inevitably, Niger is a hot-button issue for ECOWAS, as well as various international interlocutors. Regardless of the positions taken by various parties that have direct or tangential interests in Niger, primacy must be given to dialogue and diplomacy towards a resolution with minimal disruptive impact on Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

“A total diplomatic resolution must take into consideration the realpolitik of the West African sub-region. I applaud the respective mediatory efforts by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

“Whereas ECOWAS authorities have indicated that they remain open to various conflict resolution options, diplomacy must remain the overarching imperative in resolving the present crisis.

“I join the many well-meaning Nigerians who have advocated that any intervention in the crisis, should be pre-eminently through diplomatic dialogue among all strategic interests in the crisis.

“It is therefore important that the people of Niger are allowed via their national institutions, the opportunity to revert quickly to a representative democratic government.

All national, regional and international assistance should be extended to the people of Niger to return their country to normalcy.

“While ECOWAS must seek to discourage the spread of military dictatorships in West Africa, the recourse to armed deterrence must be retrained by multilateral diplomatic mechanisms.

“What the situation in Niger urgently calls for is a concerted multilateral coalition of Nigeria, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN towards a programmed return to a democratic constitutional order. In this process, Nigeria’s leadership role must not be in any doubt.”


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