The Northern Senators have given a thumbs down to the plan by President Bola Tinubu led ECOWAS to commence a military action in Niger Republic following the coup in the country.
The President had in a letter to the Red Chamber, requested the approval of the Senate to send the Nigerian military to Niger to restore democratic rule in the country.
But in a statement issued on Friday night, the Senators disapproved of any military action as a last resort, stressing that innocent citizens will bear the burnt of such actions.
The statement signed by Sen. Suleiman A. Kawu Sumaila, spokesperson
Northern Senators Forum, while condemning the coup, maintained that emphasis should be “focused on political and diplomatic means to restore democratic government in Niger Republic.” The statement read in part:
We, the Northern Senators Caucus of the 10th Senate under the leadership of Sen. Abdul Ahmad Ningi, note with concern and condemn in its entirety the unfortunate development in Niger Republic, where the military forcefully upstaged a democratically elected government of President Mohammed Bazoum.
The Northern Senators also take cognizance of the efforts of the ECOWAS leaders under the chairmanship of our Dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in resolving the situation in Niger Republic. The emphasis, however should be focused on political and diplomatic means to restore democratic government in Niger Republic.
We also take exception to use of the of military force until other avenues as mentioned above are exhausted as the consequences will be casualties among the innocent citizens who go about their daily business. Besides, about seven northern states who shared border with Niger Republic namely Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno will be negatively affected.
We are also aware of the situation of Mali, Burkina Faso and Libya, which may affect the seven Northern states, if military force is used. There is serious implication for our country, if military force is used without exhausting all the diplomatic channels.
As democrats and representatives of the people we are here by urging our colleagues to observe due diligence in invoking section 5 sub section (4) (a) and (b) of 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended.