June 6, 2024

Central News

at the center of it

Kano protesters side with Niger militants

… Reject Nigeria-supported ECOWAS threat

Agitation against ECOWAS’s threatened military intervention in the Republic of Niger over the coup de’eta that sacked an elected regime has heightened and Kano State has joined the train.

On Saturday, hundreds of Kano residents trooped out in their numbers to protest against the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led ECOWAS, and its threat. The protesters were seen with flags of Niger Republic and France chanting anti-war songs in a demonstration against the planned military intervention.

Emerging reports have confirmed an ongoing protest in Kano State against the planned military intervention, on the heels of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decision to deploy its stand-by military forces in Niger.

In a video that went viral Saturday night, hundreds of protesters flooded Kano’s streets, wielding the Nigerien, Nigerian and French flags in solidarity Niger Republic, against the planned military invasion.

The protesters were heard chanting: “Nigeriens are our brothers, Nigeriens are also our family. “Niger is ours, we don’t want war, war against Niger is injustice, a plot by the western forces.”

This followed intense calls from different quarters, especially northern Nigerian leaders, elite and clerics, among others, who believe that Nigeriens are neighbours with whom they share things in common.

Meanwhile, reactions trail the Kano protests, with many supporting the protesters in solidarity against ECOWAS. For instance, former House of Representatives member Patrick Obahiagbon, said: “The umbrage favoring Niger does not astonish me, given the consanguinity of many orthern Nigerians and Nigeriens.

“Nevertheless, embarking upon a conflict with Niger is a preposterous stride that portends an unfavorable denouement.”

Another former federal legislator Sen. Shehu Sani twitted, “Do not drag us to war,” as he faults ECOWAS’s threat to deploy it’s military power.

Others like Osereme Christen Omofoma, the Labour Party senatorial candidate for Edo Central similarly wrote: “No responsible government would fight a proxy war because somebody somewhere is pressuring you to fight.

“Wisdom is profitable to direct; over 80% of Nigerians have rejected the war, on whose interest and benefits does he (President Tinubu) want to fight the war?”

Another, @anuforo twitted: “Let Nigeria step into Niger Republic and receive wotowoto…The Russian Wagner Group are waiting for Nigeria and ECOWAS to release the first shot and the rest will be history…APC government should stop humiliating us.

“Tinubu has enormous responsibilities back home, the youth unemployment, the low rate of Naira, flawed election, insurgency, and what have you?”

Then Sen. Ali Ndume, who opposed military invasion of Niger at the ECOWAS Parliament, after which he issued a stern warning.