The Save Ghana Movement has raised concerns about how ECOWAS’ complete failure as a leader in West Africa in guiding the continent, particularly given Africa’s struggles with sustenance. The irony lies in how ECOWAS, instead of addressing the longstanding developmental challenges of the region, seems to be steering Africa towards conflict. This dilemma becomes all the more perplexing when comparing it to international instances, such as Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which, despite causing significant distress, haven’t provoked the same level of aggressive response from powerful nations like the EU.
The contrast stems from the fact that European countries, having Thoroughly built their prosperity and stability over time, are wary of jeopardizing their hard-fought achievements through war. This cautionary attitude is conspicuously absent when ECOWAS, despite the glaring historical lack of progress since the era of African independence, is now prioritizing thoughts of war rather than focusing on remedying the deeply rooted problems that persist.
A prime example is the recent coup in Niger, which has prompted ECOWAS to consider military intervention. This abrupt shift towards war raises questions about ECOWAS’ true motives and its commitment to Africa’s growth and welfare. While global events, like the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, have led to economic sanctions, they haven’t immediately escalated to full-scale war, showcasing how developed regions prioritize preserving their stability and gains.
Unfortunately, the narrative in West Africa tells a different story. Decades after gaining independence, the same challenges of underdevelopment, economic hardship, and lack of progress continue to plague the region. This glaring lack of progress should be the focus of ECOWAS’ efforts, rather than entertaining the idea of conflict.
During Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo’s tenure as ECOWAS chairman, a coup in Guinea didn’t result in military intervention. However, the current ECOWAS chair, Nigerian President Tinubu, seems to be leaning towards military action, which has raised alarms across the region.
It’s crucial for leaders like Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo to recognize that their power stems from the people’s trust and support. Ghana, for example, is not ready for the turmoil of war, especially considering the persisting infrastructural challenges, such as the lack of established railways connecting West African countries even after 60 years.
It’s baffling that such a dire situation has arisen, particularly when a revelation about the impending conflict was reportedly received by the founder of the Save Ghana Movement, Robert Andzie Ansah, three years ago. With improved access to media today, it’s essential for voices like yours to shed light on these matters and encourage a shift towards constructive and sustainable solutions rather than the path of destruction.
The founder of the Save Ghana Movement Robert Andzie Ansah states that it takes a whole nation to build and one person to destroy.