Nasir El-Rufai, the former Governor of  Kaduna State has cautioned the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) against military intervention in Niger Republic.


The ECOWAS defence chiefs had on Thursday pledged readiness to participate in a standby force that would restore democracy in Niger after some generals toppled and detained  President  Mohamed Bazoum.



In a statement in X, formerly known as Twitter, EL-Rufai said, ‘’As ECOWAS beats the drums of war, I recall the 1970s rock classic by Dire Straits –‘Brothers in Arms’, because a war within our subregion is a war between brothers.


Indeed, the people of Niger Republic are one and the same as those living in Northern  Nigeria.



‘’Let us bend therefore over backward  to avoid this civil war between brothers.’’



PUNCH reports  that the Nigerian Guild of Editors had urged  President Bola Tinubu  to employ  diplomacy  in addressing the coup  in the Niger Republic, saying ‘’Military  intervention is now regarded  as an aberration  around the world.’’



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