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Halt the war drums! Crisis resolution needs peace, not guns, Atiku tells ECOWAS




In a stunning and urgent appeal, Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria, has sounded the alarm, unleashing a fervent plea to the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS). With the leadership crisis in Niger Republic spiraling into a dangerous abyss, Atiku has fervently cautioned against the harrowing path of military aggression, asserting that this explosive approach could exacerbate the turmoil.

The shocking overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, orchestrated by his very own guard, has cast a foreboding shadow over the region. This marks the third tumultuous coup in just as many years, with the disturbing echoes of neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso still reverberating. The situation, once teetering on the edge of resolution, has now thrust ECOWAS into the spotlight, with the looming specter of military intervention hanging ominously overhead.

Atiku’s fiery message, delivered via a charged tweet on a fateful Thursday evening, reverberated across the digital landscape. He spared no words in dismantling the military intervention plan, asserting that it could stoke the flames of chaos instead of dousing them. In his impassioned words, he called for a strategic embrace of diplomatic avenues, a veritable lifeline to salvage the embattled nation from the brink.

“The Republic of Niger finds itself ensnared in a perilous game of military intervention,” Atiku declared, his words striking like lightning in the night. “The tumult that this intervention has unleashed upon the West African sub-region cannot be ignored; it has captured the world’s gaze, a nation plunged into turmoil right at our doorstep.”

As the tempest rages on, Atiku did not shy away from drawing attention to the grim tableau of recent years, a haunting procession of military interventions in the region. This specter, this grim parade of interventions, looms over the land, a stark reminder of the pressing need for a more stable path forward.

But Atiku’s clarion call was not bereft of recognition for the commendable strides taken by Nigeria and ECOWAS in shepherding the crisis toward a resolution. He effusively praised their leadership, casting a ray of hope amid the storm.

“Nigeria stands at the crossroads of destiny,” Atiku proclaimed, the gravity of his words mirrored by the weight of the situation. “The mantle of leadership rests on her shoulders, a mantle that requires not haste but wisdom. The Economic Community of West African States has gallantly risen to the challenge, demonstrating their mettle in this turbulent hour.”

With the intensity of his message, Atiku also directed a steely gaze toward the military insurrectionists who dared to challenge the fabric of democracy. He warned them that the world’s patience wears thin, and the sands of time are slipping through the hourglass.

“As the world watches and waits, Nigeria must seize the reins of peaceful resolution,” Atiku declared, his voice an unyielding force. “To the rebels in the Republic of Niger, your actions have consequences that ripple far beyond your borders. The global stage cannot endure an endless standstill; it demands resolution, and it demands it now.”

Undoubtedly, these are tumultuous times for the West African region, and Atiku leaves no doubt that the path chosen must staunchly champion democracy as the ultimate victor. In his passionate plea, he serves as a beacon of reason amidst the cacophony of conflict, a fervent advocate for the triumph of diplomacy over belligerence.

As the sun sets on this fraught landscape, a glimmer of hope emerges in the form of ECOWAS Chairman President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s resolute action. A delegation, led by former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), embarks on a mission to untangle the intricate web of political turmoil. This mission, borne of an extraordinary summit, holds the promise of a brighter dawn for the Niger Republic.

In the end, Atiku’s words linger, a resonating call for peace amid the tumult. The spotlight now turns to ECOWAS, to Nigeria, and to the steadfast hope that reason will prevail over the drums of war.

Temitope Adeyeye

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