The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, called for caution regarding the potential military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in the Republic of Niger.
Afenifere, in the communique signed by its leader, PaAyo Adebanjo, and its Secretary-General, Sola Ebiseni, emphasised the need for a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis in the country.
Recall that ECOWAS had kicked against the coup carried out by General Abdourahamane Tchiani, demanding the reinstatement of toppled President Mohamed Bazoum.
The situation has prompted concerns among regional stakeholders, including ECOWAS, which has been considering the deployment of military forces to restore democratic rule in the country.
However, Afenifere, renowned for its advocacy of Yoruba interests and its commitment to the principles of democracy and self-determination, has taken a cautious stance on the potential military intervention.
The group stressed that while restoring democratic system in Niger is vital, military action should be the last resort, preceded by exhaustive diplomatic efforts.
“Without much ado, Afenifere calls on the ECOWAS to adopt the option of diplomacy in dealing with the issue in the Republic of Niger.
“Afenifere strongly urged the Nigerien military to see the illegality and futility of usurping the sovereignty of the people of Niger to democratically decide who rules them and immediately return to the path of constitutionality, which restricts their duty to the defence of the territorial integrity of the Nigerien state.