Retired Career Diplomat, Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum is warning that ECOWAS could be courting a looming needless bloodshed if it swings towards military action in Niger.

ECOWAS Security Chiefs have given the strong indication it is galvanizing a standing force to restore constitutional rule to Niger should diplomatic avenues with the coup junta fail.

Ambassador Agyekum argues that though the Niger situation appears complicated, force could prove costly.

He wants ECOWAS leaders to keep pushing the diplomatic buttons no matter how long it takes to broker a return to democratic rule in the troubled country.

The ECOWAS committee of chiefs of defence staff have vowed to use all means available to the bloc to restore constitutional order in Niger.

The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff are in Ghana for a 2-days extraordinary meeting on the deployment of ECOWAS stand-by force in the Republic of Niger.

Addressing the high-ranking officers, the commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace, and Security of ECOWAS, Ambassador Abdul Musah, explained that although the bloc is still giving diplomatic engagement with the military rulers in Niger a chance, any further defiance from the junta, will trigger a response in protecting the rules of the regional bloc with its contingency.

Source: Ghana/