Following the recent coup in Niger, there has been a flurry of reactions from various international, continental, regional, and non-governmental organizations, all urging for the restoration of constitutional order in the country. The regional body ECOWAS is currently holding a meeting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, in a determined effort to find a resolution to the ongoing crisis. During its gathering, an ultimatum has been issued to the junta leader, Abdul Rahman Tchiane, which elapses in three days to comply or be removed by force through its military intervention.
Amidst the unfolding situation, questions have arisen regarding the role of civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations in these coup-affected states. Critics argue that despite the presence of numerous CSOs, little progress has been made in addressing the issues. On the other hand, some contend that since civilian rule has proven to be ineffective on the continent, military governance should take a more prominent role.
Answering these questions is our guest Mac Donald Lowaneka a continental governance expert.