The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been partly blamed for the current unrest in Burkina Faso and other parts of the Sahel region in recent months.
In an interview with Africanews, the executive director for Africa Center for Security and Counter-terrorism Emmanuel Kotin says ECOWAS is becoming dysfunctional in the discharge of its duties.
“They need to have a second look at its role within these countries. They need to engage more, they need to dialogue more, the need to strengthen their governance and security institutions and they don’t only need to act when situations of this nature happens because they don’t happen out of the blues.” Mr. Kotin He said.
Soldiers in Burkina Faso on Monday January 24, announced on state television that they have seized power following a mutiny.
The president was arrested and detained at the Sangoulé Lamizana barracks, along with the head of parliament and ministers, according to security sources.