In a move reflecting the popular opinion of most Nigerians, the Nigerian senate has rejected use of military action on Niger Republic junta for truncating democracy in that country.
It would be recalled that, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu who is also the Chairman of ECOWAS, had approached the House with request for a way, moving forward with regards to the debacle in Niger Republic, after the ultimatum given for restoration of democracy in that country expires tomorrow Sunday.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, speaking after a close door meeting of the Senators said that, while the Senators condemn the coupists’ action and commend the immediate actions of ECOWAS, the option of diplomacy remains the best option.
Akpabio noted further that:
President Bola Tinubu via his correspondence, did not ask for the approval of the parliament of senate to go to war as erroneously suggested in some quarters.
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“Rather, Mr President has expressed a wish to respectfully solicit the support of the national assembly in the successful implementation of the resolutions of the ECOWAS as outlined in the said communication.
“The senate calls on the president of the federal republic of Nigeria as the chairman of ECOWAS to further encourage other leaders of ECOWAS to strengthen political and diplomatic options and other means intending to resolve the political impasse in Niger Republic.
“The national assembly to the ECOWAS under the leadership of President Tinubu in resolving the political situation in Niger and returning the country to democratic governance in the nearest future.” He added