Democratic transition remains a challenge to peace – WANEP
Democratic transition remains a challenge to peace and stability in West Africa, Mr Chukwuemeka B. Eze, the Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), has said
Accra, Feb. 26, GNA – Democratic transition remains a challenge to peace and stability in West Africa, Mr Chukwuemeka B. Eze, the Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), has said.
According to him, it was estimated that more than 10,000 of the sub-region’s citizenry had lost their lives in political crises in the last decade.
Elections have been marred by spates of violence, with electoral periods often occasioning great fear for life and property among the populace,” Mr Eze said on Thursday in Accra during a dissemination workshop.
The workshop was on a research entitled: Institutional Capacities for the Implementation of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in West Africa: A Case Study of Ghana.”
Regrettably, a few leaders in the region continue to nurture the possibility of long-term rule even if that means manipulating and influencing constitutional changers to extend their stay in power beyond the limited term mandates in the constitutions.
Such practices are exacerbating the crisis of political stability, undermining governance and breeding extremist groups,” he said.
Mr Eze cited the protracted secessionist conflict in the Casamance region of Senegal, the militant unrest in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, as well as the cruel and vicious cases of violent extremism such as Boko Haram, as worrying developments in the sub-region.
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