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Coup: Don’t Create Enmity With Niger- CAN Tells Tinubu

On Thursday, the Christian Association of Nigeria urged President Bola Tinubu to steer clear of any military involvement in the Republic of Niger that could strain relations with Nigeria. Instead, they advocated for a focus on peaceful dialogue to maintain harmony. The organization emphasized that lasting peace can be achieved by upholding democratic processes, respecting national sovereignty, and engaging in peaceful talks to address concerns and settle disputes.

Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the President of CAN, offered this counsel in a statement released in Abuja. Additionally, CAN praised Tinubu and the ECOWAS Heads of Government for their resolute commitment to discouraging coups and forcible power takeovers. Okoh further expressed appreciation for their noteworthy efforts in resolving the ongoing crisis in neighboring Republic of Niger.

Okoh said, “We also applaud their commendable efforts in resolving the crisis currently faced by our neighbours in the Republic of Niger.

“CAN fully recognizes the gravity of the situation in Niger and the importance of upholding democratic principles, peace, and stability within the West African region. We believe that the peaceful resolution of conflicts is vital for the progress and well-being of our nations and our people.

“We applaud President Tinubu for adopting a diplomatic approach in addressing the crisis by sending a high-level delegation, led by the eminent statesman General Abdulsalam Abubakar, to engage with the Nigerien authorities.

“This diplomatic overture demonstrates President Tinubu’s commitment to peaceful dialogue and his belief in the power of constructive engagement to foster understanding and resolve conflicts.

“Furthermore, we commend the inclusion of the esteemed Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, in the delegation. This representation showcases the unity of purpose and the collaborative spirit of Nigerian leaders, transcending religious and ethnic boundaries to jointly pursue peace in our region.

“CAN also commends the notable efforts of other prominent leaders, who have engaged with the Nigerien authorities in their personal capacities, leveraging his private contacts. Their wisdom, experience, and counsel will undoubtedly contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Niger and the restoration of peace and stability in the region.

“As an organization deeply committed to promoting justice, peace, and harmony, CAN urges His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to remain on the path of dialogue and avoid any form of military intervention or measures that would create enmity between the good people of Nigeria and Niger”

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