Igbo Community in Niger Republic Protest Against Possible Tinubu led ECOWAS Military Action
Nigerians of Southeast extraction who live in the Niger Republic have protested against the proposed military action against coup leaders in Niger by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu.
The ECOWAS had given the Niger coup plotters led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani, seven days to return power to President Mohammed Bazoom or face military action.
ECOWAS has also imposed sanctions on Niger, including halting all financial transactions and freezing its national assets while the Nigerian government has cut off electricity supply to the country.
The one-week ultimatum expired on Sunday but the Niger military leaders have remained adamant as they have cut ties with Nigeria, France and some other countries while warning that any military action against them will amount to a full-blown war.
There has been anxiety in Nigerian communities bordering the Republic of Niger, that is in the Northern region where about seven states border the country.
Reacting to the proposed military invasion, the Southeastern Nigerians popularly known as Igbo living in Niger called on Tinubu and ECOWAS to jettison the idea of military action against Niger military junta.
In a viral video, they have good relationship with their host country and therefore, don’t want any action that would affect their lives and livelihoods in Niger.
“We don’t want war in the Niger Republic. We are living in peace with the people here. We will do a demonstration round. We want peace,” some of them were heard speaking in Igbo in the video.
The Nigerian Senate has also rejected Tinubu’s proposal for military invasion in Niger and advised him and ECOWAS to explore diplomatic means to resolve the political issue.