Adamu Garba, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has claimed that the United States and France had baited the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) into a full-scale war in the area.
Garba warned that Nigeria could be destroyed if its military intervened in Niger by accident.
After giving the alleged coup leader in Niger Republic, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, seven days to hand power back to Mohammed Bazoom, he has now made this declaration.
The resolution included the decision made during an emergency meeting of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government convened in Abuja on Sunday.
On Sunday, Garba used his verified Twitter account to call on Nigerian President Bola Tinubu to stand firm against calls from France and the United States for the Economic Community of West African States to take military action against Niger.
The APC leader urged Tinubu to take a peaceful, diplomatic tack.
He claimed that the West had precisely laid a trap for ECOWAS to enter a regional conflict by blaming France and the United States. If the military makes the mistake of intervening in Niger, it will be over for us.
Despite pressure from the French and the United States, President Tinubu of Nigeria must stand firm and prevent ECOWAS from taking military action against Niger. Our strategy must be polite and nonviolent.
The hard work we put into establishing a democratic government in Niger could be undone if we make the mistake of employing military methods.
Unfortunately, democracy is in danger in West Africa. To utterly ruin our region in the interest of Western Powers would be counter to our security interests; our only choice now is to learn from the mistakes that have been made and avoid repeating them.
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