Foreign policy and security analyst, Adib Saani say the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is gradually losing credibility.
People now regard ECOWAS as a “Presidents club” that does not “serve the interests of ECOWAS citizens,” he explained.
Burkina Faso’s military said on Monday that President Roch Kabore had been deposed, that the constitution had been suspended, that the government and national legislature had been dissolved, and that the country’s borders had been blocked.
The army highlighted the worsening security situation and Kabore’s inability to unite the West African nation and effectively deal to problems, notably an Islamist insurgency, in making the announcement.
“People consider ECOWAS as a Presidents club because they just worry about their own interests and don’t have the citizens’ interests at heart,” ” We have what are known as early warning mechanisms; they recognize that what is happening may generate mayhem, but they do nothing about it; yet, as soon as the military takes control, they issue lengthy pronouncements. Meanwhile, presidents would remain aloof and do nothing while manipulating constitutions for their own selfish objectives.”
“In terms of what ECOWAS can do to bring peace to Burkina Faso, Mr Saani stated the regional body should employ diplomacy rather than force,” he said. “Now is not the time to utilize force; now is the moment for diplomacy.” See what happened in Mali, when tens of thousands of people protested, saying, “Forget about ECOWAS; we don’t care about ECOWAS because ECOWAS means nothing to us,” he continued.