Former lawmaker Shehu Sani has urged the Senate not to approve President Bola Tinubu’s request for military action against the Republic of Niger.
In a post via his X social media platform on Friday, Sani urged Tinubu not to allow himself to be misled by foreign powers.
Recall that the President had earlier sent a letter to the Senate seeking approval for military action and other sanctions against the military junta in Niger.
However, Sani is of the view that senators should weigh the implications and consequences of their decisions, especially those senators representing states that have borders with Niger.
He wrote: “The Nigerian Senate should NOT approve any military action against Niger Republic. This country should not be plunged into war and eventually stuck in war in the Sahel.
“President Tinubu shouldn’t allow himself to be misled by foreign powers. Saudi in Yemen, America in Afghanistan, and now Russia in Ukraine should teach us a lesson that war doesn’t end in days, weeks, or months.
“Senators should weigh the implications and consequences of their decisions, especially those senators representing states along the Niger border. Weaponising electricity supplies to Niger is also condemnable.
“President Tinubu should continue to explore diplomatic channels and save the lives of those who will be sacrificed. That’s my view.”