Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against resorting to military intervention to restore democratic order in Niger Republic. In a statement released from Abuja on Thursday, Abubakar emphasized the necessity of sustained diplomatic engagements to address the crisis in Niger.
Expressing concern over the rising number of military interventions in the region, Abubakar highlighted Nigeria’s role as a sub-regional leader and the expectations that come with it. He commended ECOWAS for its efforts in addressing the situation but urged the regional body to avoid military hostilities, as they could exacerbate the tensions across the West Africa sub-region.
Abubakar emphasized that the crisis in the Republic of Niger required diplomatic engagement, with an ongoing emphasis on maintaining channels for dialogue. He called on Nigeria to take a leading role in achieving peaceful conflict resolution and urged the military insurrectionists in Niger to understand the urgency of resolving the crisis reasonably.
Abubakar acknowledged the challenging time for the West African region and stressed that any actions taken to address the crisis in Niger should prioritize democracy as the ultimate victor.