ACF Warns Against Military Invasion of Niger Republic, Advocates for Dialogue and Diplomacy

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed concern over the possibility of a military invasion of Niger Republic in the aftermath of the recent coup in the country.

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The forum emphasizes the deep-rooted historical, cultural, and economic ties between Nigeria and Niger, highlighting the need for careful consideration before resorting to military action.

Shared History and Bonds:

Nigeria and Niger share a long and intertwined history, with borders connecting families, farmlands, markets, and cultural bonds, and the usage of common languages.

This close relationship has fostered strong ties between the two nations over the years.

ACF’s Appeal to ECOWAS:

The Secretary-General of the ACF, Murtala Aliyu, released a statement urging President Bola Tinubu-led ECOWAS Heads of Government to reconsider the proposed military intervention in Niger.

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While commending ECOWAS’s stance against the military junta in Niger, the ACF raised concerns about the potential consequences of military action in the region.

Importance of Democracy:

The ACF stresses the significance of democracy and how Nigeria’s own democratic system has served as an inspiration to other countries in ECOWAS.

A military interference in Niger is seen as contradicting the principles of democracy and may have detrimental effects on the region’s stability and peaceful coexistence.

Dialogue and Diplomacy Over Force:

While supporting the restoration of democratic rule in Niger, the ACF advocates for dialogue and diplomacy as the preferred means of resolving the current impasse.

It warns against rushing into military action, citing potential negative impacts on Nigeria’s leadership role and the overall stability of the ECOWAS region.

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Conclusion:

The Arewa Consultative Forum appeals to ECOWAS leaders to prioritize peaceful coexistence and stability in the region.

They advocate for a careful and diplomatic approach in resolving the situation in Niger, considering the historical ties and mutual interests shared between the two neighboring countries.

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