ACF tells Tinubu that ECOWAS’s military intervention against the coup in Niger Republic will have repercussions for Nigeria

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President Bola Tinubu and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been warned by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) against using military force in the Niger Republic.

Military action in the Niger Republic, ACF said, would have repercussions for Nigeria.

Forum General Secretary Murtala Aliyu asked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to negotiate with the coup plotters in Niger Republic.

Aliyu warned in a statement that the ECOWAS region could not be assured of peace and stability if military force were used in the Niger Republic.

Aliyu claims that ACF is worried about the effects of recent events in neighboring Republic of Niger on Nigeria and the rest of the region.

The measures being considered should have considered the mutual interests of the two countries and the historical context of the situation before resorting to military force.

“While the ACF recognizes the ECOWAS position to exert pressure on the perpetrators, the military option should not be a prerequisite for Nigeria’s and the Community’s ongoing efforts to enthrone democracy in the region in the twenty-first century,” the statement reads.

“Military involvement would produce a short-term solution, but the ramifications on Nigeria as a leader and the regional body would affect severely on future ties and make rebuilding a monumental effort.

Because of this, the African Christian Federation issued the following statement: “while ACF supports the position to restore democratic rule in Niger, it calls on the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government under the able Chairmanship of President Bola Tinubu, that it should tow the path of dialogue and diplomacy and certainly not force, in resolving the current impasse in Niger in the interest of peaceful coexistence with our brotherly neighbor and stability of the ECOWAS region.”

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