The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been counseled not to pursue military involvement in the Niger Republic by Nasir El-Rufai, a former governor of Kaduna State.
President Bola Tinubu, the head of ECOWAS, declared that if the coup leaders in Niger do not hand over control to ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, the organization will resort to using force.
ECOWAS announced on Thursday that it had started the activation of its standby force in Niger following a meeting of the bloc’s defense leaders in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
El-Rufai, however, asserted that a military involvement would result in a war amongst brothers in a tweet he sent today.
The 1970s rock anthem “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits comes to mind as ECOWAS bangs the drums of war because a conflict inside our subregion is a conflict between brothers.
Indeed, the inhabitants of the Niger Republic and Northern Nigeria are same. Therefore, let’s do everything in our power to avert this conflict between brothers, he wrote.