No one would have ever believed that a coup would take effect in any country in this era. Especially, looking at how far politics and governance have grown from the primitive era to the democratic realms we see today. However, the fortunately unfortunate incident happened in Guinea in West Africa yesterday. So far, the people of Guinea are happy.
A special force within the Guinea military went berserk yesterday. They arrested the President of the country, Alpha Conde while they dissolve the constitution and government. Also, they dissolved all state institutions, blocked all access to borders both in the air and on land. They didn’t undermine the media houses too; all broadcasting houses were shut down.
The military was able to block the only bridge that leads to a peninsular that is a safe haven housing the presidential palace and other ministries. This follows an incident in the modern where there was a break out of gunfire at the location. The military was able to dominate over the location with heavy weapons. Eventually, their coup mission has been able to actualize.
In footage that circulated, the member of the military addressed that the coup was inspired by the corruption in the country that has rendered the people of Guinea suffering in poverty.
This morning, the coup leader, Coup leader Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has claimed they have President Alpha Conde in custody.
However, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, the current chair of ECOWAS has condemned the coup in Guinea. Therefore, he has urged the military to return the country to constitutional rule.
The president stated;
ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021.
ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions.
ECOWAS reaffirms its objection to any unconstitutional political change. We ask the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture, and express our solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government.
Done in Accra, Sunday, September 5, 2021
H.E.M. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority