Niger Crisis: CAN Urges Tinubu To Prioritize Diplomacy Over Military Action

Niger Crisis: CAN Urges Tinubu To Prioritize Diplomacy Over Military Action

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to refrain from engaging in any military intervention in the Niger Republic, noting that such actions could strain relations between the people of the West African nation and Nigeria.

In a press statement issued by CAN’s President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, on Thursday in Abuja, the organisation acknowledged Tinubu’s commendable efforts to promote peaceful solutions and initiatives aimed at reinstating democratic governance in Nigeria.

CAN, however, encouraged President Tinubu to leverage his influential role as the Chairman of ECOWAS to continue prioritizing diplomatic channels. This approach according to the Christian body, underscores his commitment to preserving democratic values, peace, and stability across the West African region.

Okoh in the statement said: “We also applaud their commendable efforts in resolving the crisis currently faced by our neighbours in the Republic of Niger.

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“CAN fully recognizes the gravity of the situation in Niger and the importance of upholding democratic principles, peace, and stability within the West African region. We believe that the peaceful resolution of conflicts is vital for the progress and well-being of our nations and our people.

“We applaud President Tinubu for adopting a diplomatic approach in addressing the crisis by sending a high-level delegation, led by the eminent statesman General Abdulsalam Abubakar, to engage with the Nigerien authorities.

“This diplomatic overture demonstrates President Tinubu’s commitment to peaceful dialogue and his belief in the power of constructive engagement to foster understanding and resolve conflicts.

“Furthermore, we commend the inclusion of the esteemed Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, in the delegation. This representation showcases the unity of purpose and the collaborative spirit of Nigerian leaders, transcending religious and ethnic boundaries to jointly pursue peace in our region.

“CAN also commends the notable efforts of other prominent leaders, who have engaged with the Nigerien authorities in their personal capacities, leveraging his private contacts. Their wisdom, experience, and counsel will undoubtedly contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Niger and the restoration of peace and stability in the region.

“As an organization deeply committed to promoting justice, peace, and harmony, CAN urges His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to remain on the path of dialogue and avoid any form of military intervention or measures that would create enmity between the good people of Nigeria and Niger.

“We implore all stakeholders involved in this matter to embrace peaceful negotiations, exercise restraint, and tirelessly work towards a sustainable resolution of the crisis in Niger. It is crucial to remember that peace is a collective responsibility, and only through joint efforts and unwavering commitment can we build a future of progress, stability, and prosperity for our nations.”


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