May 17, 2012, 3:53 PM
The political turmoil in Guinea following the postponement of the second round of the presidential election between former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and opposition leader Alpha Conde is really a cause for concern.
Guinean politicians must go back to the negotiation table, and put their country first before self.
It is important to note that any unrest in Guinea could have severe consequences for the entire West African sub-region.
Therefore, we urge the sub-regional leaders and ECOWAS, as well as the AU, to put more pressure on the Guinean political rivals to give peace a chance.
The civilian population of Guinea should realise that clashes, just like what happened at the weekend, cannot bring them any good.
Guineans should allow the democratic process to take its right course.
Supporters of the two rival candidates have to exercise a high sense of discipline, and avoid the unnecessary violence.
After all, Guinea belongs to all Guineans, and any violence that might erupt could leave a lasting negative effect on the country’s development process.
The two rival presidential candidates in Guinea should continue to appeal to their supporters to maintain calm.
We urge the people of Guinea to allow peace to prevail in the interest of all Guineans.
Sectarian violence and tribal rivalry would only create instability and retard the country’s march to democracy and progress.
The candidates must all bear in mind that no matter what measure is taken there would be only one winner.
They must also be prepared to ensure that Guinea must remain as a nation.
Meanwhile, our commendation goes to all those individuals and groups making efforts to ensure peace is maintained in Guinea, and we urge them to continue the good work.
It is noteworthy that the people of Guinea, whenever they go to the polls, under the new election date yet to be set, and succeed in holding peaceful, free and fair elections, would be the first democratic poll in the West Africa country over 52 years, that is, since the country opted for independence from France in 1958.