The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has refuted claims that President Bola Tinubu sought permission from the upper legislative chamber to initiate a military attack on Niger Republic. This comes in response to widespread reports that the President wrote to the senate on Friday, August 5, 2023, seeking their support for Nigeria’s military intervention in Niger Republic. However, Akpabio clarified that Tinubu merely requested the parliament’s support in implementing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) resolution concerning the military intervention in Niger Republic.
These clarifications were provided during the plenary session on Saturday, August 5, 2023. Akpabio stated that the Senate acknowledges that President Tinubu did not ask for the parliament’s approval to go to war, as mistakenly suggested by some. Instead, the President expressed a wish for the national assembly’s support in the successful implementation of the ECOWAS resolutions outlined in his communication.
Akpabio also mentioned that the leadership of the senate has been tasked with further engaging with the President to determine the best course of action to address the situation in Niger. It is worth noting that ECOWAS had threatened to use military force to restore democratic order in the neighboring country following the military junta’s seizure of power led by Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani.