Nasir El-Rufai, a former governor of Kaduna State, advised the Economic Community of West African States to avoid a future war with Niger since it would essentially be a struggle between brothers.
El-Rufai urged the West African group to take action to stop a war that might have consequences for the northern part of Nigeria in the early hours of Tuesday via his account on X, (formerly Twitter).
The former governor of Kaduna compared ECOWAS’s impending military intervention in Niger to a civil war between brothers. “I remember the Dire Straits rock classic from the 1970s,”
He said, “TUESDAY THOUGHT: As ECOWAS beats the drums of war, I recall the 1970s rock classic by Dire Straits – ‘Brothers in Arms’ because a war within our sub region is a war between brothers.
“Indeed, the people of Niger Republic are one and the same with those living in Northern Nigeria. Let us bend therefore over backwards to avoid this civil war between brothers.
And so for this bright Tuesday, please enjoy this classic and reflect on the equally timeless lyrics. Music is something to enjoy, but being so overwhelmed with public affairs in the last 10 years, I have lost valuable pleasurable moments. Time to catch up on lost time. Enjoy!! Life is too short not too!! – #elrufai
Recall that the ECOWAS military commanders gathered in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, August 18, 2023, to discuss the viability of a military intervention in Niger. This decision, which comes after unsuccessful diplomatic efforts by numerous ECOWAS parties, is in response to the military coup that occurred in the country.