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By Abu M. Monor

The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana (COMOG) has expressed its concerns over the proposed military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address the ongoing crisis in Niger. In a statement issued by Hajj Abdel Manan Abdel Rahman, the COMOG President, the organization emphasized the potential catastrophic consequences of such an intervention.
The crisis in Niger, triggered by a recent Coup d’etat, has garnered regional attention and concern. ECOWAS leaders have been considering a military intervention as a means to restore the constitutional regime in the country. However, COMOG believes that this approach is misguided and could lead to unintended negative outcomes in the sub-region.
Hajj Abdel Manan Abdel Rahman, in his statement, urged ECOWAS to consider alternative methods of intervention. He emphasized the importance of religious leadership playing a role in negotiating for the restoration of democracy in Niger. The statement pointed out that Nigerian Muslim Clerics have already begun exploring this avenue, and COMOG believes it would be a more effective and peaceful approach to resolving the crisis.
The religious leader also drew attention to the historical significance of religious figures in conflict resolution within Africa. He cited the example of His Royal Eminence, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano, who utilized his influence to encourage a change in the junta’s stance during a visit to Niger.

COMOG’s statement further touched upon the economic concerns of Ghana, highlighting the potential burden on the nation’s budget if troops were to be committed to the intervention. At a time when economic indicators are not favourable, the financial strain of a military operation could exacerbate existing challenges. Additionally, the organization expressed worry about the potential for increased youth unemployment and the subsequent security implications that could arise from such an intervention.
In conclusion, COMOG reiterated its stance on the need for alternative solutions to the Niger crisis beyond military intervention. The organization encouraged ECOWAS to consider religious leadership’s role in negotiation and urged the government of Ghana to heed this suggestion. As the situation unfolds, regional leaders and stakeholders will be closely watching the developments in Niger and the approach taken by ECOWAS to address the crisis.

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