The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has reiterated its firm opposition to the use of military intervention in Niger Republic following the recent coup that resulted in the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum.
The AYCF has advised President Bola Tinubu, who chairs the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as ECOWAS itself and the African Union (AU), to refrain from resorting to military force to confront the new military leadership in Niger Republic. The AYCF’s call comes as the ECOWAS deadline of 7 days approaches for the coup leaders to relinquish power and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.
Yerima Shettima, President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, shared his perspective on Channels Television, emphasizing the potential dire consequences Nigeria, particularly the northern region, could face if ECOWAS opts for a military solution to reinstate the deposed President. Shettima, echoing sentiments of numerous stakeholders in Nigeria, advised President Tinubu against leading ECOWAS into armed conflict in Niger, instead urging the employment of diplomacy and dialogue to engage the new military regime.
While advocating for a peaceful approach, the AYCF President encouraged the military regime in Niger to promptly initiate a transition process aimed at restoring democracy within a year. He asserted that military rule is no longer a viable option in the contemporary African context.