In a passionate plea, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurosheed Akanbi, has called upon President Bola Tinubu to lead African military forces in quashing the coup attempt against President Mohamed Bazoum of the Niger Republic. The aim is to strengthen democracy in Africa and prevent military interference in the region’s governance.
In a statement released by his media aide, Alli Ibraheem, the monarch emphasized the significance of promoting a democratic system of government without any military intrusion. As the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Tinubu can intervene in the ongoing coup and restore democratic rule in the Niger Republic.
Oluwo highlighted two crucial reasons for his appeal to President Tinubu: first, his role as the ECOWAS chairman, and second, as the President of Nigeria, often considered the “giant of Africa.” The Oluwo firmly believes that no coup should be allowed to succeed under President Tinubu’s watch as ECOWAS chairperson. To achieve this, it is essential to mobilize external authorities and forces supporting African democracy and stability.
Safeguarding democracy remains the primary responsibility of the ECOWAS authority, and Oluwo is confident that President Tinubu will lead the organization effectively to reinforce democratic principles in the region. The Oluwo expressed his optimism that democracy will endure and flourish in Africa.
To win the battle for democracy, President Tinubu is encouraged to unite and harmonize forces. The Oluwo believes that the new ECOWAS chairperson must demonstrate unwavering strength and exceed expectations to preserve democracy in the region.