Chief Bode George Cautions President Tinubu against Invading Niger Republic

Chief Bode George Cautions President Tinubu against Invading Niger Republic

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has issued a cautionary message to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu regarding a potential military intervention in Niger Republic.

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This comes after the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum and the subsequent imposition of sanctions by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In a letter addressed to President Tinubu, Bode George advises him to carefully consider the implications of such an action, emphasizing the need to focus on resolving the challenges Nigeria is currently facing instead of engaging in unnecessary warfare.

Nigeria’s Challenges and Priorities:

Chief Olabode George highlights that Nigeria is already grappling with numerous challenges internally, such as insecurity, economic instability, and other pressing issues.

In light of these issues, he urges President Tinubu to prioritize addressing and resolving the internal crises plaguing the country before considering military intervention in neighboring Niger Republic.

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Tensions in Niger Republic:

The situation in Niger Republic escalated on July 25, 2023, when General Abdourahamane Tchiani-led Presidential Guard detained and took power from President Mohamed Bazoum.

ECOWAS responded to the coup by imposing sanctions on Niger Republic and threatening military intervention.

Chief Bode George acknowledges that President Tinubu has taken commendable steps, such as sending a delegation led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), and the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar, a retired Brigadier-General, to meet with the Military High Command in Niger.

While diplomacy is deemed a better option than war, Chief George expresses concerns about the delegation’s composition, suggesting that it would have been better to include diplomats (serving or retired) with specialized training for such situations.

The Risks of Military Intervention:

The PDP chieftain stresses the need for careful consideration before embarking on a military intervention in Niger Republic.

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He advises against underestimating the challenges and potential consequences of such actions.

Bode George reminds President Tinubu not to engage in a military campaign unless he is confident of finishing what is started.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Chief Olabode George emphasizes that thoughtful reflection and strategic planning are essential before involving Nigeria in any military intervention in Niger Republic.

Diplomacy and dialogue should be exhaustively explored to resolve the crisis, and Nigeria should focus on tackling its internal challenges before considering involvement in external conflicts.

The situation in Niger requires a well-rounded approach, and the inclusion of experienced diplomats in any future delegations is essential for a comprehensive and effective resolution.

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