- Doyin Okupe said Nigeria must not allow Russia to gain control of the Niger Republic following the recent coup
- Okupe explained that the proposed trans-Saharan gas will be serious should Russia gain control of the Niger Republic
- He said whoever controls the leadership of the Niger Republic is of critical importance to the Nigerian government
Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed why Nigeria must stop Russia from gaining control of the Niger Republic.
Okupe said the proposed trans-Saharan gas pipeline from Nigeria is in direct competition with Russia, the current world's largest supplier of natural gas and the main supplier to Europe.
He explained that the passage of the Saharan gas pipeline passed through Niger en route to Algeria and Morocco who are all partners in this project.
In a post he shared on his Twitter page @doyinokupe, he argued that Russian control of the authorities in Niger is not in the interest of Nigeria’s economic
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"Nigeria has a standing agreement with previous governments in Niger for the passage of the gas pipeline through the Niger enroute Algeria & Morocco who are all partners in this project. Russia is the current world's largest supplier of natural gas & the main supplier to Europe.
"The proposed trans-saharan gas pipeline from Nigeria is in direct competition with Russia. Therefore, Russian control of the authorities in Niger is inimical to the economic interest of Nigeria.
"The trans-saharan gas pipe line can deliver up to 30B cubic meters per annum with a potential of up to $20B to $25B revenue annually for the next 100years! This is why whoever controls the leadership of the Niger Republic is of critical importance to the Nigerian government.
"If Russia is in control, they will naturally frustrate the Trans Saharan Pipeline Project.
"This therefore is a serious matter concerning our national economic interest & national survival, not about elections or partisan politics..."
Requirement Tinubu Must Fulfill Before Declaring War Against Niger Republic, Femi Falana Reveals
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that renowned human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has revealed the legal requirements President Bola Tinubu must fulfil before declaring war against the Niger Republic to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum after the military coup.
Falana said Tinubu is required to seek the approval of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Reps), before embarking on war against the military junta in Niger.
Coup D’etat: Why Nigeria should reestablish rule of law in Niger Republic, Reno Omokri Reveals
Legit.ng also reported that former President Goodluck Jonathan's aide, Reno Omokri, has revealed why Nigeria needs to reestablish the rule of law in the Niger Republic following the dramatic coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from office.
Omokri said if there is political and economic instability in Niger, the influx of refugees and migrants will naturally be to Nigeria.
President Tinubu informs Senate of a plan to deploy soldiers to Niger Republic
The chairman of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had written to the Nigerian Senate about ECOWAS' proposed military action against the Niger Republic.
This was contained in President Tinubu's official communication addressed to the Senate, including sanctions against coup plotters in Niger.