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KACRAN Seeks Review of Planned Military Action

KACRAN Seeks Review of Planned Military Action

Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN), has called on ECOWAS to review its proposed military action in Niger, in a bid to compel a return to democratic order.

The group, in a statement by it’s National President, Hon Khalil Mohd Bello, said there was hardly any good the military action in Niger would yield.

“We are totally not in support of any economic sanction against Niger Republic for the reason that the sanction would be more harmful and disastrous to the poor masses of Niger, Nigeria and her other neighbours than on the culprits and their surrogates.

“We are against any military intervention by ECOWAS or European countries for the reason that the said act would create more insecurity in Niger, Nigeria and other Sahelian states as this will lead to unnecessary fight between the intervention force and the Niger Republic army and the civilians, who would be deluded by the military under the cover of nationalism to join the fight as volunteers.

“There is a tendency that, the process of restoring democracy in the said country under the able leadership of President Bazoum, the risk that the President and his good family might be affected.

“The possibility of the success in the said military action is highly questionable, because even if they succeeded in bringing him back to power, they wouldn’t stay there permanently to defend his government as we have seen in the cases of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

“The military action in Niger Republic as in any west African states would directly affect pastoral occupation in the entire region. It will make the free movement of livestock from one state to another in search of animal feeds and water points as stipulated in the ECOWAS rules extremely difficult which would bring another problem to our members.

“The action would seriously lead to the widespread of terrorists and their terrorism activities in Niger, Nigeria and Sahelian states, because if ECOWAS succeeded in defeating  the culprits, there is the tendency that they would move with their guns into hinterlands and forcing people to join the bandits just like that of Boko-haram insurgency days.”

Change Strategies in Niger, Prominent Nigerians Urge

A group of respected Nigerians, under the auspices of Concerned Citizens have asked President Bola Tinubu to change the strategies he has deployed so far in Niger.

In an open letter to the President, the group which comprises prominent Nigerians, said, “Niger is a very dear, brotherly and supportive neighbour to Nigeria and its people and measures taken should not be allowed to harm the Nigerien people.”

Members of the group include Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN, Prof Jibrin Ibrahim, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (Rtd.), Prof Attahiru Jega, Prof Muhammad Kuna, Dr Kole Shettima, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, Kabiru Adamu, Moufta’u Baba Ahmed, Dr. Usman Bugaje and Dr. Yahya Hashim

They insisted that cutting off electricity supply to Niger, breaking a longstanding treaty obligation, may ultimately harm Nigeria’s interest especially within the perspective of the Kandadji dam currently under construction by the Nigerien Government.

They added that the apparent rising wave of popular support for the putschists might create a situation in which the role of Nigeria is seen as being at variance with the interest of the Nigerien people and in support of external interests.

“Already, there is an orchestrated campaign in the social and traditional media portraying Nigeria in a negative light as an agent of France and the United States.”

“The strong presence of French, American and to a lesser extent Italian security personnel and assets, including a large US drone base, creates a situation that could easily transform an intervention for the restoration of democracy into a complex proxy war fought out by foreign interests engaged in the new geopolitical repositioning of world powers.

“In this regard, the current security challenges of insecurity around the Boko Haram insurgency, farmer-herder conflicts, banditry and mass kidnapping might all be exacerbated as the flow of arms, violent extremism and armed banditry spread and deepen in our sub-region.

“Nigeria has a serious humanitarian crisis, with millions of internally displaced persons and hundreds of thousands of refugees including in Niger. It is important to prevent the worsening of the humanitarian crisis. It is, therefore, important that as a nation, we align our approach to the restoration of democracy in Niger to our national interests.”

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