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Give dialogue and peace a chance in Niger- Peter Obi

Mr Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the labour party in the just concluded 2023 general election in Nigeria has reacted to the recent happenings in Niger,which has been taken over by the military junta,while reacting via his verified Twitter handle, Mr Obi urged Nigeria,ECOWAS,AU and the United Nations to give dialogue and peace a chance in dealing with the events in Niger, stating that war and the show of force will not yield the needed result.
His twitt reads

Recent developments in the neighbouring Niger Republic have become the subject of international attention. For Nigeria, this development is a matter of dire and urgent national interest and security.
Inevitably, Niger is a hot-button issue for ECOWAS, as well as various international interlocutors.

Regardless of the positions taken by various parties that have direct or tangential interests in Niger, primacy must be given to dialogue and diplomacy towards a resolution with minimal disruptive impact on Nigeria and the West African sub-region. A total diplomatic resolution must take into consideration the realpolitik of the West African sub-region. I applaud the respective mediatory efforts by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Whereas ECOWAS authorities have indicated that they remain open to various conflict resolution options, diplomacy must remain the overarching imperative in resolving the present crisis.

I join the many well-meaning Nigerians who have advocated that any intervention in the crisis, should be pre-eminently through diplomatic dialogue among all strategic interests in the crisis.
It is therefore important that the people of Niger are allowed via their national institutions, the opportunity to revert quickly to a representative democratic government. All national, regional and international assistance should be extended to the people of Niger toreturn their country to normalcy. While ECOWAS must seek

to discourage the spread of military dictatorships in West Africa, the recourse to armed deterrence must be retrained by multilateral diplomatic mechanisms.
What the situation in Niger urgently calls for is a concerted multilateral coalition of Nigeria, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN towards a programmed return to a democratic constitutional order. In this process, Nigeria’s leadership role must not be in any doubt. -PO

Summitnewsng also reported that Mr Peter Obi is in court challenging the out come of the just concluded Presidential election,which he believes was mared with irregularities

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