President Bola Tinubu has stated that military intervention in Niger Republic might be considered as a means to restore democracy in the country.
However, he emphasized that engaging in war with Niger Republic would not align with his economic reforms in Nigeria.
Tinubu made this statement during a meeting with Molly Phee, the United States presidential envoy and assistant secretary of state for African affairs, on Saturday.
This information was conveyed by Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
The crisis in Niger Republic began on July 26 when the military overthrew democratically-elected President Mohamed Bazoum.
The coup was condemned by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which imposed sanctions on the new regime and called for the restoration of constitutional order.
Recently, ECOWAS, headed by Tinubu, announced that it had initiated the activation of its standby force in Niger Republic after the military junta failed to meet the bloc’s deadline to relinquish power.
Speaking to the US envoy, on Saturday, Tinubu said although he is holding ECOWAS from military intervention in Niger Republic, defending democracy in the region is sacrosanct.
“We are deep in our attempts to peacefully settle the issue in Niger by leveraging on our diplomatic tools. I continue to hold ECOWAS back, despite its readiness for all options, in order to exhaust all other remedial mechanisms,” Tinubu said.
“War is not ideal for my economic reforms, nor for the region, but the defence of democracy is sacrosanct. The ECOWAS consensus is that we will not allow anyone to insincerely buy time”