The Nigerian president who was in Bissau with fellow west African leaders promised firmness in the face of coups. The 15-member bloc has witnessed a total of five coups in 3 member countries since 2020.
A press statement from Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications and strategy, which was made available to Anadolu said that Tinubu warned that the threat to peace in the sub-region had reached an alarming proportion with terrorism and an emerging pattern of military takeover that demanded urgent and concerted actions.
He said insecurity and creeping terrorism were stunting the progress and development of the region. Tinubu called for collective action from member states, pledging that under his leadership, frameworks would be harmonized to actualize the dreams of ECOWAS.
The president noted that ECOWAS had developed a security architecture that covers a wide range of areas that involved kinetic and non-kinetic operations, including preventive diplomacy. There is also the Regional Plan of Action on the Fight Against Terrorism 2020-2024 as well as the operationalization of the ECOWAS Standby Force on the Fight Against Terrorism.
Tinubu promised to “enhance engagements with authorities” in Mali, Burkina and Guinea “to ensure a quick return to democratic rule.” The Ecowas commission chief, Omar Alieu Touray, urged these countries to keep their transition timelines or face sanctions.