If not to speak is to act, Allassane Ouattara and Konan Bedie are guilty of the greatest possible crime; for perhaps having fiddled while Ivory Coast burnt. they should now face the nation, formulate and circulate an apology, so that all parties involved in the Ivorian conflicts since 2002 can choose to sign it by way of adding their own personal apology. I will sign it privately as an honest citizen and ask for forgiveness.
Being a staunch supporter of President Laurent Gbagbo, I will sign it for having taken part indirectly in the chaos that has gripped my country, the bread basket of west Africa, since the eve of the 21st century.
I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would come to this so soon.
On August 15 2013, former rebel leader and Allassane ouattara’s chief henchman, the Ivory Coast National Assembly President went to Gagnoa on the trail of our heroes past and present. Gnabodougnoa, birthplace of Kragbe Gnagbe, assassinated by former dictator Houphouet Bouagny for having been naive enough to believe that our constitution did not allow a one party state.Then MaMa, birthplace of our Champion President Laurent Gbagbo, and at last but not to the least, kpogrobre, where Charles Ble Goude the jailed leader of Cojep was born some 40 years ago.
During his visit in all the historic towns, Mr Soro asked for forgiveness and pleaded with crowds of Gbagbo supporters to make a step towards peace and reconciliation in speeches that sent shivers down my spine. He went as far as saying that he would ask for the return from exile of Dame Gado Marguerite, the proud mother of President Laurent Gbagbo and "let her live".
Why now Mr Soro? Some might say. Why after you masterminded the killing of Dagrou loula, Dali Obre, Boga Doudou, Desire Tagro… and thousands of valiant and innocent Ivorians whose sole guilt was the belief in democracy and the rule of law?
Is this a sign of our times or a simple and honest gesture of contrition from a man who, just a couple of years ago was happy being a warlord? I’d rather believe the later and support the hope that truth and reconciliation as he quite rightly said, is the only path to recovery for Ivory Coast; this west African rainbow nation which once was the beacon of stability and progress in sub-saharian Africa.
Mr Soro, I command your courage in trying at best to put things right. You said in your speech that nobody was a saint. Ivorians want to keep hope alive, as we are all innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and urge you to take the issue in its stride by helping free Simone Gbagbo, Charle Ble Goude as well as all the hundreds of innocent political prisoners. We urge you to help free President Laurent Gbagbo, your friend and mentor, to keep hope alive and give peace a chance!