Niger: El-Rufai kicks against ECOWAS planned invasion

Former governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, devised the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against military intervention in Niger Republic.

Recall that the ECOWAS bloc had resolved to use force as a last option if the coup leaders in Niger do not relinquish power to ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

In a tweet on Tuesday, el-Rufai said a war within the sub-region would be a war between brothers.

“As ECOWAS beats the drums of war, I recall the 1970s rock classic by Dire Straits – ‘Brothers in Arms’, because a war within our subregion is a war between brothers,” el-Rufai tweeted.

“Indeed, the people of Niger Republic are one and the same with those living in Northern Nigeria. Let us bend therefore over backwards to avoid this civil war between brothers.”

Although the defence chiefs of the ECOWAS bloc had backed calls for dialogue as a mediation tactic, the group said all elements that would go into any military intervention had been worked out and were being refined.

This included the timing, resources needed and how, where and the day to deploy such force.