Editor-in-Chief of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has expressed disappointment in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over a statement released by Prez John Mahama prior to the resignation of President Blaise Campaore.
In the wake of the public protest against the President of Burkina Faso Blaise Campaore to step down, the ECOWAS issued a statement indicating that they won't be in support of any unconstitutional action against the President.
“ECOWAS has followed with grave attention the events unfolding in Burkina Faso and the tension around the process leading to the consideration of the draft bill on constitutional amendment. ECOWAS takes note of the decision by the government to withdraw the passing of this draft bill.
“…ECOWAS believes that this decision is geared towards preserving the stability and peace in the country. To this end, it reiterates the need for compliance with the principle of democracy and constitutional governance as stipulated in the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance,” the statement reads.
Speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo”, Kwesi Pratt lauded the Burkinabes’ mass action and calls on President Blaise Campaore to abdicate the Presidential throne.
He registered his displeasure with the ECOWAS for not supporting the mass action, hence issuing a statement indicating that they will not recognize any illegal move to remove President Campaore.
According to him, the ECOWAS should have rallied behind the Burkinabes to protest against Campaore’s Presidency because “he has lost all legitimacy and it is time for him to go.”
Kwesi Pratt stated emphatically on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" that the ECOWAS statement to Burkina Faso was in bad taste and deserves reproof.
"I think it's a bad statement" because "under these circumstances, how can Campaore continue to be in office?" he questioned.
He wondered why the ECOWAS would issue such statement to the Burkinabes vis-a-vis the unconstitutional rule of President Blaise Campaore.
"...I'm disappointed that ECOWAS has issued such a statement. It was a bad statement. ECOWAS should be with the people…If ECOWAS says they will not accept illegality, what do they mean? Are they saying that Campore should continue in office?”
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