Lome, 16 November, 2019 / 12:45 am (ACI Africa).
Days after the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum (PPF), which focused on governance solutions with emphasis on peace and security with some African countries represented came to an end in Paris, France on November 13, an African missionary priest has hailed the event as a “great initiative” but however expressed reservations on the success of such a move in Africa due to the lack of goodwill from powerful political players.
“This initiative cannot be fruitful provided that both African and European politicians stop being hypocrites,” Fr. Donald Zagore, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) has expressed his reservations in a reflection sent to ACI Africa.
He added, “It must be said loud and clear, wars in Africa do not come from the people, but rather from politicians thirsty for power and money.”
The Ivorian missionary, currently serving in Togo has decried the involvement of both local and international politicians “for their narcissistic interests, that provoke wars to remain in power for a long time in order to plunder the resources of our countries continuously.”
“We cannot present ourselves, during the day, in the eyes of the world as apostles of the peace concerned with the well-being of the African populations, and during the night financing rebellions, supporting terrorism to destabilize the countries in order to loot continuously the resources,” Fr. Zagore reflects.