In a recent statement, His Grace Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, has expressed strong disapproval of the proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger Republic following last month’s coup in the country.
Speaking to journalists in Enugu, Archbishop Chukwuma criticized the leadership of ECOWAS for failing to engage in proper consultations before making threats of military intervention in Niger. He emphasized that the potential consequences of any military action on Niger could reverberate negatively across Nigeria and other nations within the West African region.
The Archbishop went on to argue that ECOWAS’ belligerent stance signifies a significant level of corruption among its leaders. He urged the organization to prioritize peaceful diplomatic solutions and engage in constructive dialogue rather than resorting to threats of war.
Amid rising tensions in the aftermath of the coup, Archbishop Chukwuma’s condemnation highlights concerns about the effectiveness and appropriateness of military intervention and its potential implications for the stability of the entire region.
He said: “It’s also unfortunate that the present government is not consulting enough, hence, they have led ECOWAS to misfire. Right now, it’s an absolute shame on our President Tinubu, who wants to go to war with Niger.
“The Niger Republic coup happened because of corruption and life becoming so difficult for the people. That led to an intervention by the Army. The people rejoiced about that.
“Now, rather than fighting corruption and condemning the evil act of the Niger President, they are fighting the coup d’etat. It is wrong. I think this has shown that ECOWAS leaders themselves are corrupt, and they don’t see anything wrong in corruption.
“Worse things are happening in ECOWAS countries than what is happening in Niger, but because there is some sort of corruption even in the military, they are not planning for intervention.
“Nigerians today are passing through a difficult time. They are suffering, but they have enough patience. I think the time has come for us to say enough is enough.
“I am very happy that many people are condemning going to Niger for war. Nigeria at this time needs intervention to bring succor to this country because people are suffering. If the government can’t do that, God will come down one day and intervene on our behalf, and there will be confusion. There is a need for a revolution in Nigeria. Nigeria is due for a revolution for things to go better because things are becoming worse.”