Warning Against Military Intervention in Niger Republic: Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s Concern

Warning Against Military Intervention in Niger Republic: Sheikh El-Zakzaky’s Concern

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, recently expressed a strong warning to President Bola Tinubu regarding potential military intervention in Niger Republic.

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Speaking from his residence in Abuja, El-Zakzaky highlighted the historical ties between Nigeria and Niger Republic, emphasizing their shared identity as “Nigerian brothers.”

Questioning the Intentions of France and the United States

In his address, El-Zakzaky went on to voice his concerns about perceived intentions by France and the United States to exploit Nigeria as a proxy for targeting the Niger Republic.

He found the sudden interest in using Nigeria for such purposes alarming, given the historical and cultural connections between the two nations.

He stressed that even if the southern regions of Nigeria may not fully recognize these ties, they remain deeply ingrained in northern Nigeria’s history.

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He alluded to the historical existence of empires founded by figures like Shehu Usman Danfodio and Kanem Borno, whose territories later contributed to the creation of both Niger and Nigeria.

Historical Context and Border Complexities

El-Zakzaky delved into historical nuances that underscored the complexity of the borders separating Nigeria and Niger Republic.

He discussed the fortification of Gazargamu, which straddles the border and was part of the Kanem Borno empire.

He pointed out that the partitioning of borders did not adequately consider the shared historical heritage of these regions.

The partitions fragmented the territories of significant empires, leading to modern-day Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

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Territorial Divisions and Brotherhood

Continuing his analysis, El-Zakzaky drew attention to various territories that had been partitioned between Niger and Nigeria, often leading to the division of cities and regions.

He highlighted the partitioning of Hadejia, Gumel, Kazaure, and Daura, noting that these divisions sometimes divided the territories of significant leaders and founding fathers.

Despite these divisions, he underscored the brotherhood that unites the people of these regions.

Rejecting the Prospect of Conflict

El-Zakzaky vehemently rejected the notion of conflict between Niger and Nigeria.

He disassociated Nigerians from any potential aggression against Niger Republic, attributing such scenarios to external powers working behind the scenes.

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Drawing a parallel to the Iran-Iraq War, he discussed how foreign forces manipulated Iraq into attacking Iran despite their shared cultural and historical ties.

He emphasized that the current situation is reminiscent of such past instances and urged unity among nations.

Promoting Unity and Shared Identity

El-Zakzaky concluded his address by advocating for unity between Niger and Nigeria, urging both countries to recognize their shared cultural, historical, and familial bonds.

He highlighted the success of Iran and Iraq in maintaining cooperation despite their past conflicts, showcasing how cultural ties transcended political differences.

He expressed hope that such unity would prevail between Nigeria and Niger Republic, preventing any unwarranted aggression and fostering lasting brotherhood.

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