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Catholic bishops tell Tinubu that no Nigerian lives should be lost to resolve the conflict in Niger

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There is a problem in Niger Republic, and the Catholic Bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have urged President Bola Tinubu to make sure that no Nigerian lives are lost because of it.

Tinubu was also cautioned by the Catholic Bishops to keep Nigerians out of the fighting in Niger Republic.

Following their two-day meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the Catholic Bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province issued the following communiqué.

The Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and the Most Reverend John Oyejola signed the communique as president and secretary, respectively.

The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, and Osogbo argued that Nigeria already has too many problems on its plate without adding a war to the mix.

According to the communiqué, “military intervention in Niger being proposed by the leaders of the Economic Community of West Africa ECOWAS is very unpopular, if the public reaction to Nigeria’s involvement in restoring democracy in Niger is any indication.”

President Bola Tinubu, who is president of Nigeria first and foremost, should listen to Nigerians before anyone else. Nigerians want discussion and other non-military tactics.

Since Nigeria already faces several problems at home, we urge the President and the National Assembly to refrain from sending Nigerian troops to Niger.

As the author puts it, “no Nigerian life should be sacrificed for the crisis in Niger or anywhere else because war of any kind is a failure of humanity.”

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