Northern Nigeria Will Pay Dearly If ECOWAS Attack Niger – Arewa Youths Warns

Yerima Shettima, national president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has voiced apprehensions over reported plans by the Nigerian military to use force to remove the military junta in the Niger Republic from power.

The forum has expressed concerns that the Northern region of Nigeria will bear the brunt of any potential war resulting from such actions.

Tensions have been on the rise following the expiration of the ultimatum issued by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the military junta in the Niger Republic. The ultimatum demanded the restoration of democratically elected President Mohamed Basoum, who was ousted weeks ago.


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AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, during a recent interview with Channels Television, warned against the use of military force by ECOWAS to oust the Nigerien military junta.

He specifically cautioned President Bola Tinubu, who leads the regional body, and the African Union against resorting to military intervention.


Shettima appealed to the coup leaders to initiate a transitional arrangement immediately, paving the way for the country’s return to democratic governance within one year.

He emphasized that military rule is no longer acceptable in Africa and urged the coup plotters to prioritize a peaceful restoration of democratic institutions.

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum stressed the significance of diplomacy and dialogue in resolving the political impasse in the Niger Republic.

Shettima called on President Tinubu and ECOWAS to engage in peaceful negotiations rather than resorting to military action, which could escalate tensions and exacerbate regional instability.


As the situation in Niger remains uncertain, the AYCF’s concerns highlight the potential ramifications of military intervention in the region.

The Northern region of Nigeria, in particular, could face significant challenges and fallout if ECOWAS decides to take military action.

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The international community is closely monitoring the developments in the West African country, with hopes for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the crisis.

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum’s plea for dialogue and a swift return to democratic governance resonates with the broader call for upholding democratic principles and respecting the will of the people.


In these critical times, regional leaders, including President Bola Tinubu and ECOWAS representatives, face the responsibility of pursuing diplomatic avenues to address the political impasse in the Niger Republic.

The world awaits a peaceful resolution that ensures stability, democracy, and prosperity for the country and the wider West African region.



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