President Bola Tinubu
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Bola Tinubu and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to avoid military intervention and instead focus on dialogue to restore democracy in Niger Republic.
In a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said the proposed invasion would create enmity between Niger and Nigeria.
Okoh said peaceful dialogue should be encouraged in order to create lasting peace in upholding democratic processes and respecting the sovereignty of nations.
The CAN President also commended Tinubu and ECOWAS for their unwavering commitment to discouraging coups d’état and the forceful takeover of power.
Okoh said, “We also applaud their commendable efforts in resolving the crisis currently faced by our neighbours in the Republic of Niger.
“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 pursue peace in our region jointly.
“CAN also commend 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”