Security expect, Richard Kumadoe denounced on the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Bola Tinubu, saying he has no moral right and credibility to order the military coup leaders in Niger to “immediate release and reinstatement” of elected President Mohamed Bazoum, who has been held by the military since Wednesday.
He says “Was he declared the President of Nigeria or he’s at the Supreme Court of Nigeria? look at the people talking, he doesn’t have any moral right to tell coup leaders to stop what they are doing. The leader is routing from the head, what credibility does he got to go to Niger”
“Why is it in Africa all your elections are going to supreme court, is it the supreme court judges that run the elections that means even in Africa you don’t have the capacity to run a smooth election”
In an interview with Kumasi based wontumi TV/Radio morning show hosted by Nana Kunadu Abu-Prah, the expect said leaders whose faith is determine by the Supreme Court can’t be bold enough to make democratic comments and decisions on other countries if they go wayward. “What criterial will you have to say fellow friends in Niger should stop”
He advised the West Africa zone to take a critical look at their leadership system, adding that coup d’état is one of the critical things that is creping African’s development.
Mr. Richard Kumadoe call on West Africa leaders to learn from Eastern and Central Africa countries in transition of administration and governance.
The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Bola Tinubu on Sunday denounced the coup by military leaders in Niger Republic, saying Africa has come of age.
Tinubu, who is Nigeria’s President stated this during an Extra-Ordinary Summit in Abuja on the political situation in Niger.
Briefing leaders of the regional bloc, Tinubu registered the displeasure of ECOWAS at the coup d’état in the Niger Republic.
“Africa has come of age, we reject coup and interruption to constitutional order,” the Nigerian leader said amid applause.
“As African leaders, it is our sheer responsibility to foster stability and progress, placing the wellbeing of our people at the forefront of our endeavours.
“Working together towards their prosperity and happiness must always constantly be our goal and consistently, we will stand with our people in freedom and our commitment to the rule of law and not the barrel of gun.”
Late Wednesday, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the chief of Niger’s powerful presidential guard took power after a military coup. The action has since been condemned by the United Nations, African Union, the European Union, the United States among other world and regional leaders.
Tchiani, 59, has shunned the limelight despite a stellar military career which saw him lead the elite 700-member unit from 2011 up until now.
On Friday, Tchiani declared himself leader after staging a takeover that began on Wednesday when his presidential guards seized President Mohamed Bazoum and sequestered him in the presidential palace.
Niger is an extremely poor nation but with vast uranium deposits. It has suffered four coups since independence from France in 1960 and several other failed putsch attempts and is currently in the throes of jihadist violence like its neighbors.