The Daily Trust newspaper reports that some protesters took to the streets in Kano State to protest the plan by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy its troops into the Niger Republic to rout the military junta that seized power in that country and restore democratic rule....CONTINUE READING
ECOWAS at its 2nd Extraordinary Summit on the Niger Crisis in Abuja yesterday directed its Chief of Defence Staff Committee to immediately place its troops on standby in readiness for the operation. The subregional bloc said the directive became necessary because the Niger coup leaders have defiantly rebuffed all diplomatic and political efforts to resolve the crisis.Meanwhile, the Kano protesters on Saturday registered their opposition to the planned military invasion as they matched through major streets in the ancient city, chanting anti-war refrains like:
“Nigeriens are our brothers, Nigeriens are also our family.”
“Niger is ours, we don’t want war, war against Niger is injustice, a plot by Western forces.”
They also displayed Nigeria and Niger flags alongside placards.
Before this protest, many Nigerians from all walks of life have also registered their strong protest as the planned military invasion of Niger. The Nigerian Senate also refused to accede to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s request to mobilize troops for the operation....CONTINUE READING