President Alpha Conde of Guinea in West Africa has been deposed in a coup d’etat which left the country reeling from heavy gunfire around the presidential palace. An announcement followed on state television that the 83-year-old president was out and that the government had been dissolved. Leading the military takeover was Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, who said aloud on television: “The duty of a soldier is to save the country. We will no longer entrust politics to one man. We will entrust it to the people.” The announcement was met by mixed reactions. Most governments, including the U.S. disapprove of any military junta that takes control of the government by gunfire. However, some local Guineans expressed relief, hoping that the long promised economic relief would come for the many citizens, most of whom live in poverty.
President Conde had recently defied the two-year term limit to run again for president. Guinea has a wealth of natural resources, but state-wide corruption has not seen any of the profits trickle down to the people. Reports of Conde’s corruption and misuse of funds from this resource-rich country have been on-going for decades. Conde’s whereabouts and wellbeing were unknown until a video appeared showing the 83-year-old tired and dishevelled in military custody. Doumbouya on television said, “If you see the state of our roads, if you see the state of our hospitals, you realize that after 72 years, it’s time to wake up. We have to wake up.” Little improvement has occurred since Guinea gained its independence from France.
Guinea is one of the rare former French colonies to have its own currency. But, it still faces regular currency shortages and its central bank struggles to ensure its stability. In recent years many Guineans have fled to neighbouring countries seeking a better life. Malick Diallo, a young Guinean shopkeeper in Dakar said, “We know that a coup d’etat is not good. A president must be elected by democratic vote. But we have no choice. We have a president who is too old, who no longer makes Guineans dream and who does not want to leave power.” 85 percent of the population in Guinea is Muslim, 8 percent Christian, and 7 percent adheres to indigenous religious beliefs. Let Us Pray for:-
* Stability in Guinea following the overthrow of the government. Pray for those who will be assuming the positions of leadership to put the interest of the citizens first so that they can live in peace (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).
* Corruption to cease, for the ordinary citizens of Guinea to enjoy the rich resources of their country and share in the prosperity it can bring (The Bible, Leviticus 19:11).
* Christian Believers to encourage one another in their faith and reach out to their Muslim brothers and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them (The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Source: Windows International Network