Originally published, December 10, 2012
The General Overseer of the Jesus Generation Evangelistic Ministry, Rev Nana Anyani Boadum, has cautioned the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community against the use of force to solve the Ivorian crisis.
He said ECOWAS and the international community must make use of all diplomatic channels available before they even think of an interventionist force to remove Laurent Gbagbo.
Rev Anyani Boadum, who spoke to the Daily Graphic, warned that “when we do that we will be creating a security dilemma by producing increased tension and create an awful political situation that no one desired in the sub-region”.
According Rev Anyani Boadum, “an interventionist force to remove Gbagbo may create action and reaction spiral and further destabilise Cote d’Ivoire, which will also leave the entire sub-region worse off than before”. He said, “I don’t think we have an anarchic political environment which may call for such intervention now.”
Rev. Anyani Boadum said the unfortunate thing that was delaying the stepping aside of the former Ivorian leader was the haste in which ECOWAS and the international community declared their position even before dialoguing with Gbagbo.
He said “the blood of one person shed is blood too many and we must be careful about that”.
He again suggested that “ECOWAS should not go to Cote d’Ivoire without the UN Security Council approval. ECOWAS must respect Article 54 of the UN Security Council, which states that no regional bloc has the power to intervene militarily in a member nation without Security Council endorsement”.
According to him, Gbagbo must be uncertain about the persuasion by ECOWAS to grant him a safe haven, taking cognisance of what happened to former Liberia leader Charles Taylor