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Shehu Sani: Nigerians must not support ECOWAS to invade Niger with soldiers—it’s dangerous to Nigeria

Shehu Sani, a former Senator, says no Nigerian should the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invade the Niger Republic with military forces.

ECOMOG Troops Photo credit: SEYLLOU DIALLO/AFP/Getty Images
Armed governmental soldiers watch as ECOMOG troops drive by 24 January in a Freetown street leading to State House. A Nigerian-led intervention force battling a rebel insurgency in Sierra Leone carried out summary executions this week against a suspected rebel and a suspected collaborator. AFP saw 29 January soldiers from the ECOMOG force use tape to tie one man's hands behind his back. The man, suspected of being a rebel, was executed immediately outside a local hospital. "They are rebels in the city. You must know that we will execute them where we find them", one soldier said. (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU DIALLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Shehu Sani, a former Senator, says no Nigerian should the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invade the Niger Republic with military forces.

Sani said it will be a dangerous thing for Nigeria if it happens.

The former Kaduna Senator listed thirteen reasons why citizens of Nigeria must stand against the ECOWAS invading Niger with the soldiers.

“Thirteen reasons why Nigerians must not support any armed invasion of Niger Republic”, he tweeted on Monday.

  1. ECOWAS armed invasion of the Niger Republic is simply a war between Nigeria and Niger because of our proximity. 
  2. Russia and Wagner May come in support of the Niger Republic and Nigeria will have to use its own money to prosecute the operation; Nigeria offsets 70 per cent of the budget of Ecowas. I don’t see the US Congress approving unlimited arms supplies for Ecowas to wage war against another country.
  3. Our Bordering states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and Yobe will incur direct hit in the event of war. 
  4. If there was no military action to dislodge the military coups in Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad, why that of the Niger Republic?. 
  5. Why did the American and French military bases inside the Niger Republic refuse to stop the coup and now they are encouraging us to go to war?
  6. Niger has been helpful to Nigeria in the fight against terrorist groups and the country is currently hosting over 303 thousand Nigerian refugees; in the event of war, this can be in danger. 
  7. President Tinubu should not allow himself to be pushed to initiate and trigger a war with a neighbouring country and later be left stranded. No West African country has any military capability to start or sustain a war with the Niger Republic; everyone will be relying on Nigeria. 
  8. We should not cry more than the bereaved; If the people of Niger Republic don’t want Military rule, let them fight to remove it themselves. We fought our own military rulers and some of us even went to jail in that struggle. Let them fight their fight. 
  9. Saudi Arabia is still bugged down in Yemen after spending hundreds of billions of dollars which we don’t have. 
  10. The Military Regime in Myanmar is still there and not one stronger nation is contemplating military action. 
  11. We have a war at home against terrorism let’s concentrate here.
  12. Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinean forces will likely enter the war to support the Niger Republic and they will attack Nigerian territories. 
  13. President Tinubu must continue to toe the line of dialogue with the military authorities in Niger and not war.
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