A Civil Society Organization, ECOWAS Community Citizens has condemned the recent coup in Niger Republic.
They made the condemnation while addressing newsmen in Abuja.
One of them and National President of National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, Dr. Ken Ukoaha described the coup as unconstitutional and undemocratic in the 21st century.
Dr. Ukaoha advised ECOWAS Commission against placing economic sanctions that could affect ordinary citizens and economic activities in that country.
He also stressed the need for adequate measures that would guard against constitutional, military and electoral coup in West Africa.
The National President of NANTS appealed to the West African Community to make the core of vision 2050 a reality, reform of the Additional Protocol before the end of 2023, and the need to put an end to unconstitutional longevity in power in West Africa.
On his part, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim commended the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu for his swift reaction to the coup through deployment of one of his colleagues to intervene in the ugly incident.
Prof. Ibrahim who equally condemned the military coup in Niger Republic for interrupting democratic governance, stressed the need for necessary sanctions on perpetrators of coups in West Africa.
Also speaking, Isatou Ceesay from Hope of Tomorrow, Gambia, said democracy remained the best form of government hence the need for the military to stay out of power and ensure the security of lives and property which is their primary function.
According to her, coup d’etat is no longer fashionable and modalities should be put in place by the ECOWAS Commission to prevent coup plotters from taking over Government in any country.
Other members from Togo, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Benin Republic who spoke at the event called for more political will to fast track economic and political development in West Africa.
Mathew Ayoola, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David