President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has seized the opportunity during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, to criticize the coup leaders in Guinea.
He urged Guineans to defend democratic and constitutional rule as he condemned the overthrow of the government in Guinea. He insisted that the era where constitutionally elected governments are overthrown in this manner should not be countenanced.
“In West Africa, recent events in Mali and Guinea have undermined democratic governance in our region. ECOWAS, the regional body whose Authority I have the honour to be the current Chair, is unreservedly committed to maintaining democratic governance in the ECOWAS Community. That is why both Guinea and Mali, foundation members of the Community, have been suspended from its organization, pending the restoration of democratic governance. We welcome the support of the United Nations for the measures taken,” said Akufo-Addo.
As the chair of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), he reiterated that ECOWAS as a body is ensuring that democracy is practised by member states despite the situation in Guinea and Mali.
ECOWAS had initially condemned the overthrow of the democratic government in Guinea saying “ECOWAS demands respect for the physical integrity of the President of the Republic, the Professor Alpha Condé and his immediate and unconditional release as well as that of all the personalities arrested.
“It also demands the return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions. ECOWAS reaffirms its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change.”