Reno Omokri, a former presidential adviser, has advised Nigeria on how to restore order in Niger Republic.
Creebhills reports that certain members of the presidential guards took part in a “anti-Republican demonstration” and attempted to overthrow Niger President Mohamed Bazoum.
In response to the upheaval in the African country, Omokri believes Nigeria may effectively restore democracy if it uses a stick-and-carrot method.
Omokri encouraged President Bola Tinubu, who also serves as ECOWAS chairman, to impose an embargo on the country.
He argued that nothing should be allowed to go in or out except for medical supplies.
He also asked Nigeria to shut down its electricity supply to the embattled country.
For the carrot approach, Omokri advised that the agitators should be offered immunity if they choose to surrender.
Speaking via Twitter, he wrote, “Niger Republic is a landlocked country. It should be possible for ECOWAS, led by Nigeria, to restore the democratically elected President, Mohamed Bazoum, to power by placing an embargo on the country. Nothing must go in, and nothing must come out except emergency medical supplies. No food, no beverages, no weapons, no cars, no nothing. Niger also depends largely on Nigeria for electric power.
“Abuja should shut the tap on that until the democratically elected President is returned to office. In addition, the Kano-Maradi rail line construction currently going on should be suspended.
“And in addition to the sticks mentioned above, some carrots should be dangled, such as complete immunity for the coup plotters, as well as allowing the ring leaders to leave the country along with a promise to pay them a robust maintenance allowance.
“There are other ways apart from military intervention to reverse this coup. Use sanctions and diplomacy to put the squeeze on these guys the way President Obasanjo put the squeeze on the putschists that attempted to overthrow President Fradique de Menezes of São Tomé and Príncipe in 2003.”