He adds that for more than fifty years, “Guinea has been inexorably descending into the depths of underdevelopment and endemic misery, and the people of Guinea have only suffered disappointment after disappointment.”
“Corruption, financial mismanagement, a total lack of moral and ethical discipline, mediocrity and chronic incompetence are causing our nation to languish in misery and social decay,” the Cardinal who served as Archbishop of Conakry since December 1979 bemoans.
“Today you have created the conditions for the country to question the path it has followed until now, which has not brought the happiness that Guineans were hoping for.” he further says, and continues, “The page has turned blank again. Guineans can no longer make mistakes. The good words you have spoken must be transformed into concrete actions to build a new Guinea.”
The military leaders “will need a lot of truth and courage, heroism and determination to sweep away all the inveterate predators of our country, corrupt and incompetent, who accompanied the governments of Sekou Toure, Lansana Conté, Moussa Dadis Camara and Alpha Condé, and who consider themselves to be inescapable and irremovable elements,” the Guinean Cardinal says.
He urges the military leaders to “resist with firmness, wisdom and intelligence the pressures of those whose only concern is to see political processes implemented as quickly as possible for their selfish interests, and to the detriment of the Guinean people.”
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Before considering presidential elections, the Cardinal further calls on the military leaders to “first lay the foundations of a solid economy, of a united society, supportive and capable of development through work.”
He also calls upon Guineans who have acquired high qualifications and professional skills in international structures “to agree to join hands, forgetting their ethnic or regional origins, and to make all the necessary sacrifices in order to pull Guinea out of the economic catastrophe and social fractures.”
“I implore the people of Guinea to radically change their mentality and habits and to get to work,” the Cardinal who served in Vatican departments since 2001 says, and adds, “I ask Guineans to refuse to be put in the street to demonstrate and to incite each other to kill.”
“No government, no head of state, no political leader will bring you happiness on a golden platter, without your real work and your firm determination to get out of material and moral misery,” Cardinal Sarah underscores.