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George writes Tinubu, cautions on planned military invasion, big brother posture - ITREALMS

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War tactician and former Military Administrator of Ondo State, Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George, has written the Nigerian president, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the planned miliary invasion of Niger, and warning over unnecessary 'big brother' posture, reports ITREALMS.
Bode George writes Tinubu, cautions on planned military invasion of Niger, big brother posture - ITREALMS
On July 26, 2023, Chief George recalled that the Commander of the Presidential Guard in Niger Republic, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum, seized power and is now the new strongman of the Nigerien Armed Forces.

Chief George, who is the Atona Oodua of Yorubaland in the letter dated August 4, 2023 and available to ITREALMS, cautioned the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leadership under Tinubu, saying his concern emenates from the fact he is "a Nigerian, a retired General in the Nigerian military, a patriot and a war tactician."

War, he said, is not a tea party and warned that Tinubu should not spend the money Nigeria do not have to fight in another country.

"Politically, economically, socially, we are still in a quagmire. Then you want to add the fourth one: Warfare," Chief George warned.

Anybody who has been in the military, he said will confess that war is not an easy thing.

"We must be careful. Thank God you have started the diplomatic move. Let the envoys continue the diplomatic discussion in Niger," he maintained.

Stressing that it is okay to send a delegation, asserting that "Diplomacy is always a better option to war. To jaw jaw is better than war war," even though the delegation could have added some known diplomats.

Presently what is happening in Niger, Chief George pointed out is not only for the military, emphasising that when "you have a crisis within, you solve that first before going international with a 'Big Brother' posture."

Recalling that Nigeria, almost singularly, financed ECOMOG military operations and that was when our economy was better, wondering "which economy are we going to use now to finance a full military operation in Niger Republic, when Mali and Burkina Faso have threatened to take sides with Niger Republic?"

Nigerians, he said, are psychologically stranded and people are really going through a lot.

"So, I don't know what our going to Niger Republic with full military power will achieve," George insisted.

The population of Niger Republic, he said is about 27,294,785 (just like Lagos State). Niamey is the capital and the population is 1,437,000 (not up to Alimosho Council in Lagos) and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who gets security briefings everyday since you were sworn in on May 29, 2023, you may have the benefit of insight.

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