Michael Donyina Mensah, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Opinion and Awareness (CenPOA), has encouraged ECOWAS to address growing concerns about corruption and maladministration in member states.
He believes that the recent increase in military takeovers in some African countries poses a threat to democracy, stability, peace, security, and prosperity.
In an interview with Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, he stated that military takeovers have occurred in several African countries as a result of poor leadership by some African governments.
He claims that several African countries lack accountable leadership, transparency, growth, and fairness.
The expert warned of further such protests if ECOWAS fails to lead the charge in guaranteeing responsible governance in its member states.
He was speaking on the recent crisis in Niger, the challenges that have arisen, and how ECOWAS should best deal with the issues.
He argued that some countries in the sub-region have experienced coups over maladministration, corruption, and mismanagement.
Because of this, he has encouraged ECOWAS to take measures to address the issue of corruption and bad governance in its member states.
“Leadership in Africa is abysmal, which is why some soldiers have staged coups in their respective countries. Due to poor governance and corruption, the number of coups in Africa has increased. To prevent coups in the sub-region, ECOWAS must develop strategies to address these challenges.”.