The Nigeria Labour Congress, on Sunday, advised leaders of ECOWAS against the bloc planned to deploy military force to restore democracy in Niger Republic.
The Congress argued that should ECOWAS go into war with Niger, the risks it poses outweigh the benefits.
NLC made this warning through a statement that was signed by the Congress president Joe Ajure on Sunday.
Recall, the leaders of the ECOWAS member states had have an extraordinary meeting in Abuja, and declared that activation of a standby force, which would be deployed to Niger if needed.
The goal of the West African bloc is to restore constitutional democracy and the country’s deposed president, Mohamed Bazoum, after military junta ousted him from the presidential office and has kept him in detention since.
Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu, who is also serving as the Chairman of ECOWAS, said that all options, including the use of force as a last resort, were on the table.
However, while reacting to the development, NLC believed such a move would only put the lives of deposed President Bazoum and his family in jeopardy, and could throw the entire West African region in instability.
Ajero also urged leaders ECOWAS to carefully consider whether they had the financial resources to execute a war.
“Equally of significance is the unintended possibility of turning Niger into a fertile territory for proxy wars,” Ajero said. “Even after the war is over, the region must brace itself for heightened acts of terrorism or insurgency just as it might signal the end of ECOWAS as we know it today given the scenario of ten members fighting five.”