Coup: Use Nigeria military to fight Boko Haram, bandits not Niger Junta - Lawyer tells Tinubu

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lawyer, Jibrin Samuel Okutepa, has expressed his opposition to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's proposed military intervention in Niger. 

Okutepa conveyed his stance through a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday. His reaction comes in response to Tinubu's letter to the Senate, seeking military intervention in Niger.

In his tweets, Okutepa urged the National Assembly not to approve Tinubu's request. Instead, he emphasized that Nigeria's military strength should be focused on addressing internal security challenges rather than involving itself in the Niger coup situation. 

He expressed his concern about sending the military to the Niger Republic to engage in what he referred to as a "senseless war" aimed at restoring democratic governance in the country. Okutepa believes that the priority should be to restore peace and security within Nigeria using the nation's security agencies, including the armed forces.

On the other hand, Nigerian politician Doyin Okupe and activist Reno Omokri have shown their support for the government's actions. However, the Niger junta reportedly cut diplomatic ties with Nigeria after failing to honor a request for dialogue with an ECOWAS envoy dispatched by President Tinubu.

Notably, on July 26, a military junta overthrew Niger's democratically elected President, Mohamed Bazoum, leading to increased tensions and international reactions.


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