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West Africa Proposes $2.6 Billion Security Plan

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The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States

Defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have proposed a comprehensive security plan worth $2.6 billion.

The plan, presented at a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, aims to deploy a 5,000-strong “standby force” to combat the region’s worsening security threats.

The proposal comes as the region grapples with a surge in military takeovers, with four countries currently under military rule.

The security crises have destabilized the region, with deadly violence spreading to coastal nations.

ECOWAS has struggled to restore democracy in the affected countries, with economic sanctions failing to yield the desired results.

The proposed security plan is expected to be considered at the upcoming summit of regional heads of state.

However, analysts have raised concerns about the feasibility of the plan, citing funding challenges and divisions within the regional bloc.

The plan requires member states to contribute financially, which may be a challenge given the current economic climate.

Despite these challenges, ECOWAS commission president Omar Alieu Touray remains optimistic, urging member states to support the force.

The bloc has also extended an invitation to officials from the coup-hit countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to join the force, although it is unclear if they will accept.

Analysts have expressed skepticism about ECOWAS’ ability to launch military interventions without foreign assistance.

The success of the standby force hinges on the commitment of all member states and a clear strategy to address the security challenges in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.

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