The African Development Council (ADC) has waded into the conversation surrounding the decision by ECOWAS to deploy standby forces to Niger following the July 26th’s widely condemned Coup D’ état.
In a statement issued on Friday, August 11, the Council said it fully supports the concerns of ECOWAS on the Coup D’état in Niger, as it poses a threat to regional stability. The statement however, says it disagrees with the proposal by ECOWAS to deploy Standby Forces as a means of restoring constitutional order to that country.
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DEPLOYMENT OF STANDBY FORCES, NOT THE WAY TO GO; ADC
1) The Africa Development Council(ADC)fully supports the concerns of ECOWAS on the Coup D’état in Niger, as it poses a threat to regional stability. However, ADC respectfully disagrees with the proposal to deploy ECOWAS Standby Forces as a means of restoring constitutional order to that country.
2) ADC firmly believes that such deployment would have counterproductive consequences, further exacerbating the already precarious situation in Niger. The Coup Leaders are likely to interpret the presence of the ECOWAS Standby Forces as a provocation, potentially escalating violence.
3) In the light of the aforementioned, ADC recommends adopting a more strategic and diplomatic approach to tackling the crisis in Niger. We strongly advocate that ECOWAS concentrates its efforts on offering strategic mediation role for earlier restoration of Democracy to Niger, as the Coup Leaders are strongly backed by the citizenry.
4) ECOWAS must first of all, further look into the conditions leading to the Coup D’état, and assure the Coup Leaders of its firm support and resolve to ensuring reversal of the country’s economic sovereignty to the people from the Colonial Masters.
5) It is of paramount importance that ECOWAS provides essential humanitarian aid to the affected population of Niger, who might have endured significant suffering due to the current situation.
6) Furthermore, ADC emphasizes the utmost need for collaboration between the ECOWAS and the international community in addressing the root causes of such coups, including poverty, corruption, denial of sovereignty and limited opportunities to the citizenry.
7) By effectively resolving these underlying possible factors that largely form the basis of coups in Africa, ECOWAS can play a pivotal role in preventing future coups not only in Niger but also in other countries on the continent.
8) ADC remains steadfast in its commitment to advocating peaceful and diplomatic solutions to the situation in Niger, and we urge all stakeholders to prioritize peace, stability, prosperity, and well-being of the people of Niger and the entire region.
President: ADC, Accra-Ghana.