The Parliament of the
Economic Community of West
African States, on Saturday,
described as unfortunate and
uncalled for, the crisis in the East
African nation of Burundi.
The ECOWAS Parliament’s
verdict came just as the Council
of Ministers of the sub-regional
body expressed deep relief and
profound commendation for
the government and people
of Nigeria over their recently
concluded peaceful general
Speaker of the ECOWAS
Parliament, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu, according to a
statement by his Special Adviser
on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu,
stated this at the 74th Ordinary
Session of the ECOWAS Council
of Ministers in Accra, Ghana.
Ekweremadu, while
lamenting the Burundi
uprisings, maintained that
both constitutionalism and
submission to the will of the
people were fundamental to the
peace, stability, and deepening of
democracy in Africa.
He said, “We must learn to
respect the views of our people.
You can say whatever you want
in court; you can say whatever
you want in parliament. But so
long as you don’t respect the
views of the ordinary people, we
will continue to have crises on
our hands.
“The crisis in Burundi is totally
unacceptable and uncalled for.
African leaders must act fast and
steer that country away from
further avoidable crisis, especially
considering the fact that Burundi
is yet to fully recover from a
prolonged civil war.”
Meanwhile, while declaring
open the 74th Ordinary Session
of the ECOWAS Council of
Ministers, the President of
the ECOWAS Commission,
Mr. Kadre Ouedraogo, said
President Goodluck Jonathan
and Nigerians had made Africa
In an address read by the Vice
President of the Commission,
Mr. Toga McIntosh, Ouedraogo
said, “The presidential election in
Nigeria ended on an exemplary
note and was hailed by all, even
those far beyond West Africa’s
He commended Jonathan and
General Muhammadu Buhari for
the excellent victory delivered to
the Nigerian people.