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Lift sanctions on Mali, ADC asks ECOWAS; Tells junta to hand over to civilians immediately

Prof. Apollos Nwauwa

The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) has expressed support for Malian people over the crisis arising from the recent military coup in the country, calling on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift sanctions imposed on the country while urging the coup leaders to quickly return Mali to constitutional democracy.

In a statement endorsed by Prof Apollos O Nwauwa, its Secretary General, ADC, a United States of America (USA)-based global organization also warned “against all forms of foreign or external domination and/or interference in Mali and other African countries.”

Insisting that it is in solidarity with the citizens of Mali “who bear the brunt of bad leadership, blanket sanctions, terrorism, military intervention and foreign meddling,” the ADC said that it “strongly believes that ECOWAS’ total or blanket sanctions on Mali is counterproductive” as “it would have unintended crippling effects on the Malian economy resulting in an untold hardship for the ordinary Malians who are already impoverished.

“Consequently, the ADC appeals to ECOWAS to reconsider its blanket sanctions just as we enjoin the Malian interim government to take immediate steps towards restoring power to a democratically elected government that will tackle the challenges facing the country.”

 Full text of the statement reads:

PRESS RELEASE ADC’S POSITION ON THE ONGOING MALIAN CRISIS

The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) has been watching with deep concern the ongoing events in Mali and indeed two other countries in the West African subregion and would like to state its position. Mali, like many other African countries, have been enduring poor governance and visionless leadership which, sometimes, trigger popular protests, civil unrest and coup d’états. African leaders must engage in deep sober reflection!

Yet, as an organization that prides itself on respect for the rule of law and egalitarianism, ADC denounces all forms of terrorism and coup d’état against legitimately elected governments. A coup is like an ill-wind that does no one any good no matter how well-intentioned. Forceful military dethronement of democratically elected government should not be encouraged and/or justified in any way. It creates a vicious cycle of coup and countercoups, with domino effect in the subregion, thereby provoking more violence and worsening socio-economic and political hardships for the people.

While we understand that as a regional power, ECOWAS could not simply fold its hands and watch the deteriorating situation in Mali, ADC strongly believes that ECOWAS’ total or blanket sanctions on Mali is counterproductive. This is because it would have unintended crippling effects on the Malian economy resulting in an untold hardship for the ordinary Malians who are already impoverished. Consequently, the ADC appeals to ECOWAS to reconsider its blanket sanctions just as we enjoin the Malian interim government to take immediate steps towards restoring power to a democratically elected government that will tackle the challenges facing the country.

Furthermore, the ADC would like to reiterate its position against all forms of foreign or external domination and/or interference in Mali and other African countries. Although France’s notorious stranglehold on the economies and politics of its former colonies is largely to blame for the Malian crisis, ADC deplores African leaders who behave like puppets to foreign governments and invite them to act with impunity in their internal matters. We call on the Malian authorities and peoples to resist the temptation of replacing one dominant foreign power with another who may, for now, pose as friends of Mali only to show their true intentions later. Historical antecedents of foreign powers in Africa have never been positive; it has almost always been about how to exploit the resources of Africa under the pretext of protection and bilateralism.

As a global organization, the ADC remains vigilant on affairs concerning Africa and its Diaspora and would no longer ignore continued interference and exploitation by foreign powers. ADC would like to use this medium to express our support for the Malian people who bear the brunt of bad leadership, blanket sanctions, terrorism, military intervention and foreign meddling. In solidarity with the citizens of Mali!

Sincerely, Prof Apollos O Nwauwa, PhD

Secretary General, ADC

 

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  1. Dr Christian Maduoma

    I stand with ADC in condemning the blanket sanctions on republic of Mali. I plead with ECOWAS to consider the adverse effects of sanctions on the common people of Mali and therefore lift the sanctions ASAP. ECOWAS should try to work with Mali to restore civilian democratic rule which is government of the people for the people and by the people. In Solidarity with the people of Mali!

    Dr. Christian Maduoma
    President
    NIDOA NWO Chapter

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