Lome, 10 January, 2020 / 4:00 am (ACI Africa).
With elections in the West African nation of Ivory Coast slated to take place later this year amid heightened tensions following the arrest warrant issued for one of the presidential candidates, a missionary cleric, a native of the country, has blamed politicians for the challenges bedeviling citizens.
“The Christmas and New Year celebrations, which remain moments of great rejoicing and great celebrations were once again experienced by the Ivorians in fear and anxiety because of the political tensions at the top of the State, due to an attempted arrest and an international arrest warrant against the former president of the Ivorian National Assembly Guillaume Soro,” Fr. Donald Zagore, an Ivorian ministering in Togo lamented in a reflection shared with ACI Africa.
“We can never be tired of saying it, the misfortune of Côte d'Ivoire is its politicians. They only brought sadness and desolation to this beautiful Ivorian nation,” the member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) added.
Mr. Soro, a former ally of the current President Alassane Ouattara and a rebel leader during the uprising that overthrew the former President Laurent Gbagbo is being sought for what the state prosecutor, Richard Adou has termed an “attempt against the state authority.”
“It's sad to say it, but the violence, frustration and revenge that are constantly the most popular instruments and methods in the Ivorian political world will not help in building a rule of law and above all, a country of peace,” the Togo-based Ivorian religious missionary reflected.