The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has urged President Bola Tinubu and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) not to go to war with Niger Republic over the recent coup in the country.
The party’s position was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, in Abuja.
PRP said it remains confident that Nigeria and the ECOWAS would resolve the issue at stake with the Niger Republic peacefully through dialogue.
According to the statement, the party is of the view that the war option is “not in the interests of Nigeria, Niger and ECOWAS”.
PRP stated that war could lead to the spread of violence and instability to other countries in the West African sub-region, thereby destabilizing Africa.
The party added that it would be tragic if the relationships that existed between Niger and Nigeria for centuries were spoilt.
“A war would disrupt this economic interdependence and harm both countries.
“The PRP strongly urges President Tinubu, as the present ECOWAS Chairman, to painstakingly pursue dialogue and diplomacy in resolving the imbroglio in the Republic of Niger and to exercise restraint and avoid taking any action that could lead to war,” the statement read in part.
The statement further urged Tinubu to focus on addressing the challenges facing Nigerians, including unemployment, insecurity and extreme poverty, among others. (NAN)