President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, who is the chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has vehemently condemned the arrest and detention of Guinea president Alpha Conde by the military.
The military had orchestrated and executed what seemed to be coup on Sunday, September 5 as Alpha Conde’s government was dissolved.
But President Akufo-Adoo in his capacity as the ECOWAS Chair has described the coup as “unconstitutional political change” which must not be allowed to fester in a democratic Guinea.
Below is the ECOWAS statement on the Guinea coup:
ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021.
ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions.
ECOWAS reaffirms its objection to any unconstitutional political change. We ask the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture, and express our solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government.
Done in Accra, Sunday, September 5, 2021
H.E.M. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana and
Current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority