The President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, has called for urgent action to address the growing trend of military incursions into politics in West Africa.
Justice Asante who made the call in a goodwill message at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria, expressed concern about the impact of these incursions on democracy and stability in the region.
The President of the Community Court urged the ECOWAS Parliament to provide leadership in addressing this issue and called for reforms to improve democratic systems in the region.
Justice Asante also encouraged the Parliament to work with national parliaments to ensure the seamless enforcement of its decisions and to strengthen community law and respect for human rights.
“These incursions not only demonstrate a deficiency in our democratic culture but should challenge us to reflect on the trajectory of our democracy and ascertain whether it is imbued with the efficacy and capacity to deliver good governance that satisfy the socio-economic needs of our people,” according to Justice Asante.
“The implementation of these and other ancillary measures will go a long way in strengthening our democracy and ensure that it responds to the aspirations of our citizens,” he said.