ABUJA, Nigeria – The Labour Party, LP, has strongly criticised President Bola Tinubu’s intention to head the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in a campaign against the military regime in Niger Republic.
In a statement released on Saturday, August 12, 2023, the party questions the moral integrity and legitimacy of President Tinubu’s leadership.
The LP’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, mentioned that it’s hypocritical for a government allegedly in power through questionable means to stand against a similar situation in another nation.
The party emphasizes that the journey leading to an election is as crucial, if not more, than the election’s result.
Citing the 2023 general elections as manipulated and rigged, the party declares that the government formed post such an election is on par with one established via a military coup.
The LP makes a strong remark stating, “a coup is a coup,” challenging the validity of a win secured through governmental institutional fraud.
Moreover, the LP points out the socio-economic decline in Nigeria, with poverty, unemployment, and hunger on the rise.
The government’s questionable economic strategies, such as increased petroleum product costs and rising foreign exchange rates, have further strained the nation’s economic fabric.
The party stressed the need for the Nigerian government to first address its domestic crises, such as unemployment, insecurity, and deteriorating infrastructure, before considering intervening in external matters.
The LP firmly stated that any government failing to elevate its citizens’ living standards should reconsider lavish foreign ventures.
Furthermore, the LP reminds the government of international laws prohibiting meddling in another country’s internal affairs.
They term the intended intervention in Niger Republic as uncalled for, needless, and uninvited.
The party’s stance is clear: Nigeria must prioritize its internal affairs before taking on a role as the “big brother” of Africa.
The country, as per the party’s viewpoint, has vast challenges awaiting attention.
The government should center its efforts on domestic betterment, job creation, and tackling insecurity rather than dispersing its resources on external endeavors.