A moula nouba or who’s next? This is the question that torments many minds in addition to causing concern in West Africa. And for good reason, in 18 months the military coups d’etat are linked to tire-larigot.
After that of Guinea now chaired by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya (September 2021) and Mali (twice since August 2020) where Colonel Assimi Goita took power to ensure a “transition” according to the junta, here is the turn of the Burkina Faso where Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is now the new strong man (January 2022).
It has therefore become clear that an election is no longer enough to guarantee stability in Africa… There are other destabilizing factors such as security and defense which now dominate.. The putsch these days in these countries is fashionable no offense to ECOWAS. And regarding markets there is a parenthesis to open.
Moroccan national professional truckers are becoming more and more reluctant to convey their goods for most agri-foodstuffs to these two countries. They warn each other of the danger to which they expose themselves by entering it, calling to wait until the internal security situation stabilizes and a return to normal is decreed. According to a set of audio recordings obtained by MoroccoLatestNews, those who ventured there on the way to Burkina Faso are “temporarily” blocked in Sikasso in Mali near the border with this country in the grip of a coup.
It is as if one would say that through this spiral of these coups d’etat, West Africa is in the process of inventing a new governance and as a very French media would say, it is “the coup d’ Popular military state” so much it is blessed by the people as well in Mali, as in Guinea or among the Upright Men of Burkina Faso. However, we thought we had turned the page since certain dictatorships had gone through the mill of “democratic governance”.
But nay! Praetorian guards in khakis and caulked glasses no longer hide in their gloomy barracks, they willingly export their obscurantism under the sun of the street like Sudan if we stick to certain trade winds from the East.
Symbolically, the putschists of the new order are in the process of rehabilitating the dictatorial regimes of a recent past, helped in this by the laxity that the West confers on these states of affairs. Even though this authority is not unique to West Africa, it nevertheless thrives more than ever in this region, especially since the perception of popular protection on the part of the military is more more evident in the face of the terrorism suffered by these regions.
That being said, the armies currently in power, at least in Mali and Burkina Faso, are trying to catch up where they have failed in their inefficiency in their primary mission, namely territorial sovereignty. The two countries are facing a “fragile” security situation because of the reigning terrorism which in many respects is hampering economic development, including trade from which the two countries will suffer, ECOWAS helping with its sanctions.
And in this regard, the Burkina Faso file will be the subject of an extraordinary ECOWAS summit just this Friday. It will also be a question of the measures to be taken against a destabilization of West Africa by jihadist attacks.