The ECOWAS Commission and Political Officers/Military Advisors of the Diplomatic Corps Unraveled to Renew to Improve on undivided and Peaceful Transitional Process in West Africa
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– This development came to the lead during the briefing of the Political officers/Military Advisors of the Diplomatic Corps by the Mediation and Coordination of Political Affairs Division of the Political Affairs Peace and Security Department on the 24th of November 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security (CPAPS) Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah in his statement, strengthened that provided the dynamics of political and socio-economic circumstance in the region, ECOWAS would proceed its avowed function of supporting its Member States on their democratic, peace and stability processes.
Emphasizing the significance of the position of the ECOWAS mediators to nations, enduring numerous forms of metamorphosis, Dr. Musah, remarked that the current mechanisms of mediation and intervention should be occasionally studied to adapt best practices and assure that a lot more is done beyond kinetic interventions by constituted authorities. He furthermore demanded the desire to operationalize the regional Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) within the following two years and bring civil actors in the region to the dialogue table.
The lead presentation of the briefing was made by the Director, the Centre for Democracy and Development Dr. Idayat Hassan expounded on the several extents of the topic: Promoting an inclusive and peaceful transitional process in West Africa. The role of the civil society in the transitional processes.
She specified two converging trends-Insecurity and challenged elections as well as the underlying intention by some incumbent leaders to alter the democratic processes through non inclusive constitutional modifications.
Getting on ahead and to curb the increasing threat of a deterioration of authoritarian tendencies, she proposed amongst others, a crucial glance at the position of information disorder (mostly arising from digital technology), disinformation, proliferation of actors and techniques as well as home grown solutions while guaranteeing that responses are driven by community actors and institutions.
The briefing which had a collection of political officers and military advisers from the diplomatic corps in a home-gowned strong trades of ideas and analysis, of the socio-political environment in the region, furthermore received goodwill statements from Thomas Kieler, the representative of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, who vowed the continual assistance of the EU to the ECOWAS political intervention processes.
The bi-annual briefing, which is the second for 2022, serves as a structured platform, for interface and exchange of ideas on peace and security issues, between the ECOWAS Commission and the diplomatic community in Abuja.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent