Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, the former Governor of Enugu State, has expressed concerns that the recent coup d’état in Niger Republic could escalate into a potential Third World War if not managed properly.
In an exclusive interview with Vanguard on Sunday, Dr. Nwodo, a former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stated that the competition for control over uranium resources in Niger Republic has drawn the involvement of Russia and China. He added that the United States, which currently holds control over the natural resource, is unlikely to willingly surrender it to another country.
Dr. Nwodo called on President Bola Tinubu to advocate for diplomacy within ECOWAS countries rather than resorting to war to restore democracy in Niger Republic. He emphasized that leading other nations into war with Niger Republic would not be advantageous for Nigeria.
He also advised President Tinubu to prioritize addressing the significant challenges, such as security, health, education, and more, that were inherited from the previous Nigerian government, rather than pursuing military action in Niger Republic.
“The President faces monumental challenges left behind by the previous government of President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria. These challenges should demand the majority of his attention, instead of advocating for war in Niger Republic,” Dr. Nwodo asserted.
Prominent Nigerians, including former Head of State Abdulsalam Abubakar and the Sultan of Sokoto, have recommended to President Tinubu that he encourage ECOWAS nations to opt for diplomacy as a means of restoring democracy in Niger Republic, instead of considering military intervention.
Dr. Nwodo highlighted the complexity of the situation by explaining that Niger Republic has been a collaborative partner with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and other regional issues. He stressed that a war with Niger Republic would not be prudent, considering their longstanding relationship and the potential to disrupt cultural ties and families.
Additionally, Dr. Nwodo warned of the possibility that the coup situation could escalate into a broader conflict, involving superpowers such as Russia and China, due to their interest in the control of uranium resources. He expressed concerns that an economic war for control over uranium could lead to a much larger conflict, potentially sparking a Third World War.
He also commented on France’s historical role in colonizing Niger Republic and its control over the nation’s natural resources, which has contributed to what he perceives as imperialistic tendencies.
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