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Nigeria’ll be in trouble if FG goes to war in Niger over coup, Muslims group warns


The apex umbrella body of Muslims in Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has kicked against the Federal Government’s move to go to war with the neighbouring country of Niger Republic as part of measures to return the recently overthrown democratic government in that country.

JNI said that any measure short of dialogue and diplomacy with the junta regime would spell doom for Nigeria, particularly the border states to Niger Republic.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Secretary General of JNI, Prof Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the group emphasised  that dialogue was an invaluable tool in preventing further bloodshed and instability, considering  the political and security uncertainties in the Sahel region.

The statement reads: “The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), representing the collective voice of the Muslim Ummah, expresses its deep concern and censure of power from a democratically elected President Bazoum, through military coup in Niger Republic.

“We firmly note the relevance of upholding democratic principles and the rule of law to fostering stability, development and steady progress within nations, which are without doubt cornerstones for good governance, because they (democratic principles and rule of law) prevent arbitrary use of force and power, ensures consistency with international human rights, norms and standards, etc.

“The JNI, therefore, commends the efforts so far undertaken by the Nigerian government, particularly the initiation of a dialogue process, aimed at resolving the crisis in Niger Republic. While this attempt may not have yielded the desired results, it demonstrates Nigeria’s commitment to peaceful resolutions.

“We acknowledge that dialogue is an invaluable tool in preventing further bloodshed and instability, within the Sahel Region, already beclouded with many political and security uncertainties.

“Nevertheless, we wish to raise a word of caution against the pursuit of military action as a means to restore democracy. The interlaced landscape of the northern states of Nigeria and the Republic of Niger, it necessitates a more circumspect and thoughtful action and/or approach. With several Nigerian states sharing borders with Niger Republic, military intervention could have unintended consequences that may impact the peace and stability of both nations.

“JNI, therefore, calls upon all stakeholders to prioritise more diplomatic and political conciliation and collective efforts to the crisis. We believe strongly that dialogue, cooperation, and negotiation are the most effective means to establish lasting peace and stability in the region.

“It is equally essential that the international community, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), continues to engage in peaceful diplomatic discussions aimed at finding a resolution, please.

“In these challenging times, we urge all faithful believers to turn to Allah in prayer, seeking His merciful intervention to guide leaders toward wise decisions and a peaceful resolution. Let us pray together for the restoration of peace and order, the protection of human rights, and the wellbeing of the people of Nigeria and Niger Republic.

“Lastly, the JNI reiterates its commitment to promoting unity, understanding, and cooperation among all Muslims and communities. We stand united against any form of injustice, oppression, and violence, advocating for a peaceful and harmonious world.

“May Allah, the Compassionate and the Merciful, guide us all towards a path of peace, justice, and understanding”.

Credit: Sun Newspapers 

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