President Akufo Addo, who doubles as the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) today led a bunch of democratic tyrants in West Africa to go chastise the new coup leader of Guinea about his ouster of the despotic Alpha Conde who has subverted Guinea’s constitution to install himself for a third term in office.
On President Akufo Addo’s entourage of disciplinarians are Alassane Quattara of Cote d’ Ivoire who had repressively altered the constitution of Ivory Coast to allow him a third term in office; Togo’s Faure Gnassingbe, who had installed himself to rule Togo till 2030 and the crookish Senegalese President Macky Sall, who is also being fingered for working in secret to carve out an unconstitutional third term for himself.
In a somewhat optimistic tone, President Akufo Addo wrote on his Facebook that he is in Conakry to have talks with Guinea’s new Head of State Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya about the fate of the incarcerated Conde.
“I am currently in Conakry, capital of Guinea, in my capacity as Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State of ECOWAS, together with the President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Quattara, to hold talks with the military leadership in Guinea, led by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, centering largely on the fate of President Alpha Conde, amongst others,” the ECOWAS Chairman stated.
In addition to the talks, a paper tiger ECOWAS is feigning toughness by giving the military junta in Guinea a six-month ultimatum to return the country to civilian rule.
The ECOWAS has also imposed a travel ban on the military leaders, their family members and supporters. The financial assets of members of the military junta have also been frozen.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kissie Brou, told the media after the Summit that the decisions of the sub-regional bloc will be communicated officially to the military rulers.
The regional body said the military rulers would be “individually and collectively responsible for the physical safety of President Conde” who is being held in detention at a military facility.
On Tuesday, Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, had reported that Conde was physically well but still in shock after she had been assigned by the regional body to assess the situation in Guinea.
The bloc froze the financial assets and imposed travel bans on Guinea’s military leaders and their relatives.
It called on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the implementation of the sanctions against the Junta and to endorse the decisions taken by the authority, for the restoration of constitutional rule in Guinea.
But security experts have rubbished the threat from ECOWAS as the organisation’s usual hot air.
Security analyst Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) has expressed disgust at the deadline, saying it is unrealistic.
“It’s not a very simple matter of throwing away the constitution that was reengineered by Condé, which served as the proximate cause for his overthrow and then restoring the former constitution, he said.
However, Col. Festus Aboagye believes that ECOWAS has missed the plot.
The retired military officer insists the 6-month ultimatum leaves little room for processes towards restoring democratic rule.
A few weeks ago, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya who heads Guinea’s Special Forces had staged a surprise coup that ousted the despotic Alpha Conde. Doumbouya cited the unconstitutionality of the 83-year-old Conde’s conduct to install himself for an unconstitutional third term as well as the growing inequalities in that West African country, despite its huge mineral resources.
Conde is also known to be treating his political rivals with an iron fist by squashing every dissent.