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Ex-Governor Nasir El-Rufai Issues Warning to President Bola Tinubu Amidst ECOWAS Military Tensions

August 22, 2023

Former Governor Nasir El-Rufai has issued a stark warning to President Bola Tinubu, cautioning that any potential military intervention by ECOWAS forces in Niger could escalate into a civil war involving northern Nigeria.

Breaking his public silence on the unfolding political events in Niger and the response from ECOWAS, El-Rufai delivered his message via a tweet on Tuesday morning.

“As ECOWAS drums of war sound, I am reminded of the rock classic ‘Brothers in Arms’ by Dire Straits, as a conflict within our subregion is akin to a clash between brethren,” El-Rufai expressed in his tweet.

He further emphasized, “Indeed, the people of Niger Republic are inherently linked to those residing in Northern Nigeria. It is imperative that we take every measure to avert a fraternal civil war.”

El-Rufai’s caution comes amidst the backdrop of a recent falling out with President Bola Tinubu over ministerial appointments. This dispute follows closely on the heels of ECOWAS’ call for its forces to be prepared for action to reinstate constitutional order in Niger, following the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum by his presidential guards in July.

During the second extraordinary summit regarding the political situation in Niger held in Abuja on August 10, ECOWAS President Omar Alieu Touray directed the defense staff committee to mobilize the ECOWAS standby force immediately. Touray’s directive aimed to restore constitutional stability in the Republic of Niger.

At the summit, President Bola Tinubu, who also chairs ECOWAS, underscored that the ongoing political turmoil in Niger poses a significant threat to the stability of not only Nigeria but also other West African nations.

Source: Peoples Gazette


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