A former Director of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Hajiya Najatu Muhammad has expressed concerns about the plans to declare war on the Niger Republic by ECOWAS, led by President Bola Tinubu.
She views this as a diversion from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) proceedings.
In her statement, Muhammed stressed the importance of unity in standing against violence.
She urged Nigerians to be mindful of “the devastating consequences of war on human lives and societies,” and to call on ECOWAS leaders to pursue peaceful means.
This is coming after ECOWAS ordered immediate standby military force against Niger Coup leaders.
Speaking on the order, Najatu said, “Such despicable action in the name of democracy is not only condemnable but also unacceptable. Today in Nigeria, we have Tinubu being supported by France after the most controversial election declaration in the history of our country.
“If Nigeria is at war, Tinubu can declare a state of emergency or martial law that will allow him to remain in power indefinitely, putting aside any tribunal or judicial process challenging his eligibility to even contest the election.
“With the backing of France and other colonial powers, he will deploy security forces to quail any form of protest to his undemocratic and unconstitutional machinations.
“Tinubu is aware that he is not eligible to contest. The Tribunal judges know this, APC as a political party also knows this. So, why is Tinubu so eager to go to war on behalf of France and with the backing of France in the name of democracy?”