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President Bola Tinubu Under Pressure to Use Force Against Niger Republic Junta

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President Bola Tinubu Under Pressure to Use Force Against Niger Republic Junta
President Bola Tinubu has revealed that he was under pressure to deploy the use of force against the military junta in the Niger Republic. However, he stressed his commitment to a peaceful resolution. Tinubu made this known during a meeting with top Islamic leaders and later sent them to dialogue with the coup leaders.

President Bola Tinubu, the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of States, has revealed that he faced intense pressure to deploy military force against the military junta in the Niger Republic.

During a meeting with top Islamic leaders, known as Ulama, led by their leader Sheikh Bala Lau, at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, President Tinubu expressed his commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the issue.

The meeting with the Ulama marked the second of its kind, following their initial meeting on Wednesday, August 9. During their first meeting, the Ulama were given permission to visit Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic, to engage in dialogue with the coup leader.

After their second meeting, President Tinubu delegated the Ulama to visit the military junta in Niger Republic and urged them to expedite the process, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.

"I am managing a very serious situation. Even as of this morning, I have been inundated with phone calls regarding the readiness of countries with their military forces and contributions," President Tinubu said.

He further mentioned that he advised these countries to wait, assuring them that he was engaging with the Ulama leaders and would provide updates accordingly.

President Tinubu revealed that he had been actively holding back other forces outside of ECOWAS control. He emphasized his role as the mediator, preventing unilateral actions by various external actors who might be inclined towards using force.

"If you take ECOWAS aside, other people will react, those who are outside of our control. I am the one holding those sides back. I am the one holding back ECOWAS," President Tinubu explained.

The pursuit of peaceful solutions remains a priority for President Tinubu and the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States, even in the face of mounting pressure to escalate the situation with military intervention.

The involvement of the Ulama demonstrates a concerted effort to utilize dialogue and negotiation as a means to resolve conflicts in the West African region.

The Ulama's role, representing the religious leaders, holds significant influence and credibility among various factions within the Niger Republic. Their involvement can help foster understanding, encourage peace talks, and prevent further destabilization.

President Tinubu has exhibited diplomacy and a commitment to resolving conflicts through peaceful means. Despite external pressures favoring the use of force, he continues to seek dialogue and engagement, recognizing that a peaceful resolution is essential for regional stability and the well-being of the people.

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