President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has written to the Senate, warning of potential military action to enforce compliance with Niger’s military junta.
This could be a risky and unwise gamble that may have far-reaching consequences for Tinubu and Nigeria.
I’m not fond of military regimes, which impose predetermined limits on leadership aspirations. Also, I wouldn’t say I like inherited authority, such as monarchies represent.
Everyone should have the freedom to aspire to leadership positions. Military rule and monarchies restrict leadership to specific groups, denying others a fair chance.
Engaging in a war with Niger over its governance system is unwarranted and reckless. The new military junta currently enjoys support from the majority of Nigeriens. It’s not our place to dictate their affairs.
Nigeria faces internal turmoil and should focus on resolving its issues instead of initiating a needless war. Such an action would be senseless, given the challenges we already face.
Tinubu’s motivations are questionable, with speculations of external influence on his decisions. This move risks alienating Nigeriens and creating a refugee crisis in Nigeria.
On another note, Maryam Shetty’s appointment as a minister saw an embarrassing withdrawal, raising concerns about the administration’s decision-making process. This unfortunate turn of events could have been prevented.