Senator Ned Nwoko representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate has advised the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against military intervention in Niger Republic.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator stated that the constitutional crisis in Niger demands a prudent response from the regional body.
According to him, the West African leaders should engage with the military junta to facilitate a well-structured transition program rather than sending soldiers to invade the country.
“I do not support the invasion of another country in Africa, let alone one African country invading another. Such actions diminish our collective dignity and stature.
“The crisis unfolding in Niger demands a prudent response from neighbouring and concerned nations. Engaging with the military junta to facilitate a well-structured transition program seems most fitting, not sending soldiers to invade the country.
“I acknowledge the possibility of a benevolent military regime and suggest citizens have the autonomy to decide their governance system through a referendum.
“Our focus should be on diplomatically aiding the transition towards a democratically elected government if that’s their chosen path. I don’t support the idea of foreign armies causing harm, imposing their leadership style, and effectively silencing dissent.”
Senator Nwoko urged ECOWAS to staunchly oppose any attempts at interfering in Africa, adding that true independence for the continent is non-negotiable.
“I urge The ECOWAS, particularly Nigeria, to abandon the idea of military intervention and instead seek diplomatic and peaceful solutions to the crisis in Niger,” he stated.
Recall that the Nigerian Senate had earlier kicked against the invasion of Niger Republic by ECOWAS.
Also, at the extraordinary plenary session of the ECOWAS parliament held over the weekend, Nigerian senator Mohammed Ali Ndume vehemently opposed the idea of a military invasion.