June 13, 2024

The former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, recently expressed his perspective on the proposed military intervention led by President Bola Tinubu of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Niger Republic. He characterized this intervention as a conflict among compatriots, likening it to a battle between brothers.

El-Rufai conveyed this viewpoint on his social media account, formerly Twitter, on a Tuesday morning. He elaborated that the potential confrontation between ECOWAS and Niger Republic would essentially involve Northern Nigerians facing off against their counterparts from the Niger Republic.

In his words, “In light of ECOWAS’ contemplation of military action, I’m reminded of the 1970s rock classic ‘Brothers in Arms’ by Dire Straits. This is because a conflict within our regional community equates to a struggle among brethren. The people of Niger Republic are inherently connected to those residing in Northern Nigeria. It’s imperative that we make every effort to prevent this fraternal conflict.”

He went on to suggest taking a moment on this bright Tuesday to enjoy the aforementioned classic song and ponder its timeless lyrics. While acknowledging the value of music as a source of enjoyment, he also acknowledged the heavy engagement with public matters over the past decade, which has come at the expense of personal pleasures. Thus, he encouraged a conscious effort to recapture lost moments and cherish life’s fleeting nature.

El-Rufai’s call to avert military intervention in Niger adds to the chorus of voices from Northern Nigerian stakeholders who share a similar sentiment.

SaharaReporters had previously reported that the majority of ECOWAS member nations, excluding Cape Verde and nations under military governance, expressed their willingness to partake in a military operation against the leaders of the Niger coup. This information emerged during a meeting of the defense chiefs from the 15-nation regional group held in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This gathering marked the latest endeavor to restore power from the Niger junta and reinstate the deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, who was ousted in a coup on July 26 and subsequently held in captivity.

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