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trtworld | Nigeria's opposition urges president to reconsider intervention in Niger, 5 Aug

"The consequences will be casualties among the innocent citizens who go about their daily business," Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, spokesperson for the Northern Senators Forum, said just after the ECOWAS ultimatum. The northern regions have deep social and trade links with southern Niger, where local populations share many cultural, religious, and linguistic heritages.
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Sumaila also warned of insecurity risks if Niger is destabilised as the Sahel region battles long-running militant insurgencies.
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'Overstretched'

Those concerns were shared by the country's largest opposition grouping, which denounced the potential military operation in Niger as "absolutely thoughtless".

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"The Nigerian military have been overstretched over the years battling terrorism and all manners of insurgency that are still very active," the Coalition of United Political Parties said Saturday. Besides insurgency groups in the northeast, Nigeria's security forces are battling organised crime gangs in the centre and northwest, and separatist groups in the southeast.

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The country has also plunged deeper into economic hardship with [Bola] Tinubu's decision to end fuel subsidies last May. His goal was to free up funds for investment, in agriculture and social programmes in particular. The immediate result, however, was a quadrupling of fuel prices for a country where nearly half the population is estimated to live in extreme poverty.

"Nigeria, in its current socioeconomic state, cannot afford such a costly intervention," the coalition argued.
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