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Nigeria's Economic Challenges Prevents Going to War with Niger Republic, Says Senator Napoleon Bali

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Nigeria's Economic Challenges Prevents Going to War with Niger Republic, Says Senator Napoleon Bali
Senator Napoleon Bali explains why Nigeria cannot afford to go to war with the Niger Republic due to the country's economic challenges and security issues, including Boko Haram. The Senator highlights the need for strong diplomatic relations and offers a solution to the ECOWAS conflict. Renowned human rights lawyer Femi Falana also sheds light on the legal requirements for President Bola Tinubu to declare war against the Niger Republic.

FCT, Abuja - A federal lawmaker representing Plateau South, Napoleon Bali, has explained why Nigeria cannot go to war with the Niger Republic.

Bali said Nigeria is facing serious economic challenges and won't be able to handle the cost of venturing into war at this time, The Sun Reported.

During an interview on Arise TV morning show, the Senator noted that going into war would be bloody and cost-effective.

He, however, clarified that President Bola Tinubu did not seek approval to go to war with the Niger Republic over the recent coup in the neighbouring West African country.

He said Tinubu only sought the Senate's advice on solutions to the Niger-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conflict.

The Senator added that Nigeria has a long border with the Niger Republic, and it will not be easy with Boko Haram and other terrorist issues there.

"We have a solution which we will give to him to take to the ECOWAS leadership, but we can't make it public. Anyway, the northern senators came out openly to say what their constituencies told them. That is that they don't want war. The Niger Republic is bordering about seven northern states - Sokoto, Jigawa, kebbi and others.

"We have advised that Tinubu should strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Niger. But if he fails to take our advice and the ECOWAS leadership decides war is an option, definitely, it is going to be catastrophic. We already have refugees in Niger. Nigeria will suffer seriously because we will employ military contractors, who will feed on us. It is not going to be easy."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that renowned human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has revealed the legal requirements President Bola Tinubu must fulfil before declaring war against Niger Republic to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum after the military coup.

Falana said Tinubu is required to seek the approval of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Reps), before embarking on war against the military junta in Niger.

Legit.ng also reported that the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had written to the Nigerian Senate about ECOWAS' proposed military action against the Niger Republic.

This was contained in President Tinubu's official communication addressed to the Senate, including sanctions against coup plotters in Niger.

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