Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has arrived in Ghana today, Thursday 16 September 2021 for an extraordinary ECOWAS summit.
The Extraordinary Summit by ECOWAS today will be a discussion of the overthrow of President Alpha Conde of Guinea.
In a Facebook post sighted by unitedshowbiz.com.gh, President Goodluck Jonathan announced his arrival in Ghana:
”In Ghana with members of the Ecowas-Cedeao Mediation Team for the Extraordinary Session of the Authority Heads of Government of the Economic Community of West African States called to review recent political developments in the sub-region. I am pleased that West African leaders have continued to work for peace, democracy and progress in ECOWAS.- GEJ”
On 5 September 2021, Alpha Condé was captured and overthrown by the military during the 2021 Guinean coup d’état.
Promising to change the political landscape of Guinea, the military’s Special Forces dissolved the constitution and shut the country’s land and air borders.
Last week, the 15-member state organisation, ECOWAS suspended Guinea from the decision-making body of the organization and a team was sent to meet and have talks with the coup leaders.
Guinea Coup Leaders and The ECOWAS
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and the other soldiers behind the coup have said they ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption, and because he was serving a third term in power only after altering the constitution to permit it.
Botchway, asked by journalists whether ECOWAS should have done more to prevent Conde from extending his presidency, said the bloc was working to amend its rules to prevent such situations from happening in the future.
“There is a need amend the ECOWAS charter to have more stringent measures to proactively deal with situations where presidents try to change constitutions to remain in power,” she said.