When he was 25 years old, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, became the first military governor of the oil-rich Rivers state. He is currently the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass in the Bayelsa State.
In this interview with DANIEL ABIA, “he urged ECOWAS to proceed cautiously when dealing with the political impasse in the Niger Republic.”……Read Full Story Here………
“He is adamant that negotiation, rather than launching a full-scale war, can end the issue there.”
According to him, “Worldwide anxiety is rising in response to the coup in the Niger Republic, especially in Africa. What do you make of the frequent coups that have occurred recently in Sub-Saharan Africa?”
“The Niger coup was unexpected, and it has given the ECOWAS some pause.”
Mohammed Bazoum, the former president of Niger, “is being reinstalled with the help of ECOWAS. They should move slowly, is my advise. It is said that when you wahala people, it compels even the dungs to speak. We should feel compassion for the Nigeriens because they are experiencing what they themselves find most difficult.” PUNCH reports.
According to PUNCH, “War is not the answer, and it won’t be. Undoubtedly not. Russia’s force was insufficient to subjugate Ukraine. If we embark on such an endeavour, we would only result in even more fatalities and agony for all parties.”
“They must exhibit some magnanimity in governing in this regard as well. The best course of action for the populace should be taken. The option of going to war should be rejected.” Source stated.
PUNCH gathered that, “It’s been said that diplomacy is just a polite way of telling someone to go to hell, but the right thing must be done. Use all of your diplomatic abilities right now.”
In light of our current economic situation, “do you believe Nigeria has the resources to send troops to the Niger Republic, as President Bola Tinubu appears to be under great pressure from the West to invade and restore democratic normalcy?”
PUNCH further reported, “They need to move slowly. The West is more aware that it is not a good idea to start a war after COVID-19, after the floods and approaching flooding. The ECOWAS will ultimately choose for a diplomatic resolution, I’m confident of that.”