Adamu Garba, a senior member of the APC, has said that the United States and France had laid a trap for the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to enter a total war in the region.
Garba warned that any military action in Niger would be disastrous for Nigeria.
His remarks follow a seven-day ultimatum issued to General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the alleged coup architect in Niger Republic, to return control to Mohammed Bazoom.
The decision was part of the resolutions taken during the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government’s emergency meeting on Sunday in Abuja.
Garba encouraged President Bola Tinubu to be courageous enough to resist pressure from France and the United States to launch military action against Niger in a message on his verified Twitter account on Sunday.
The APC chairman urged Tinubu to take a non-violent and diplomatic approach.
“The West, led by France and the United States, has perfectly set a TRAP for ECOWAS to enter a total war in the region,” he said.
Any error in military intervention in Niger means we’re done.
“President Tinubu must be brave enough to defy French and American pressure on ECOWAS to launch military action against Niger.” We need to take a non-violent, diplomatic approach.
If we make the mistake of involving military forces in Niger, we may wind up attracting additional internal difficulties to ourselves and the hard work we put in to put in place a democratic government.
“The truth is that West Africa has failed to safeguard democracy.”
Our only alternative now is to learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them, rather than to completely destroy our region in the interests of Western powers, which would be detrimental to our security.”