Atta Mills’s shown Ghana’s no banana republic – By Kiflu Hussain

January 9th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

At a time when it is unequivocally revealed by wikiLeaks that not even Europe is immune from being pushed around by the corporate world of the United States and its government that has emerged as the sole super power, (more…)

At a time when it is unequivocally revealed by wikiLeaks that not even Europe is immune from being pushed around by the corporate world of the United States and its government that has emerged as the sole super power, John Atta Mills, President of Ghana dared to take a different stance on Ivory Coast from the usual chorus in Africa that parrots Washington, London or Paris.BBC Focus on Africa reported on January 7 that the Ghanaian president who is one of the few in the continent for being elected in a genuine democratic process, stated that he does not think military force will solve the post-election debacle in Ivory Coast. In what could be a blow to the so-called international community, particularly ECOWAS, Atta Mills elaborated that Ghana would not take sides in the stand-off between the incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Quattara.After having explained the existence of around one million Ghanaians in Ivory Coast thereby hinting its ghastly implications, he made it clear that Ghana will not send any troops to the former French colony. He concluded by saying that “Ghana will not choose president for Ivorians”except advocating “quite diplomacy.”

Personally, since situations began precipitating in Ivory Coast, this is the first bold statesmanship I witnessed. To me the issue has never been whether Gbagbo wanted to cling to power despite losing an election.Though, I always detest dictatorship wherefore I gladly embrace opposition to it from democratic camps, nonetheless, I have serious misgivings on the forces arrayed against Laurent Gbagbo.This force calls itself “international community” through the passing of resolutions via UN Security Council, African Union/AU/ and the likes. For enforcement of its resolution or to flex its muscles on wayward rulers, it uses so-called regional unions like IGAD and ECOWAS.Unlike Caryn Abrahams, a researcher affiliated with the Centre of African Studies in Edinburgh, who was unable to make up her mind as to whether the UN is “a global pooper scooper, a band-aid or a collection of thousands of administrative antibodies,” I have long made up mind that UN,since its League of Nation’s days, is a mammoth rubber stamp organization in the global equation that primarily caters to the interests of the big powers./See BBC Focus on Africa Magazine,Oct-Dec 2010 for Caryn Abrahams “Blue Hats and Bureaucrats”./Therefore, any steps taken in a fair and just manner by the UN to resolve tension or conflict appears incidental to me. For instance, while Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia agreed to abide by the ruling of the Boundary Commission without resorting to appeal in the wake of his senseless bloody war in 1998-2000 against Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea, recanted when the decision favored Eritrea. Since Meles was more amenable to the will of the Western interest than his former mentor and cousin in Eritrea who was once extolled to the skies as a liberator, a new breed leader and an architect of an economy based on self-reliance, was shunned by the “international community” despite being a judgment-creditor. Then came the Islamic Union of Courts in Mogadishu which served Meles Zenawi as a perfect opportunity to deflect attention from his broadaylight rigging of an election whereby he suffered an ignominious defeat in 2005 unlike tight elections in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Guinea and now Ivory Coast. Contrary to Kenya and Zimbabwe, where power sharing ended the impasse, Meles gunned down over two hundred civilians, rounded up thousands of others to send them to concentration camps along with the opposition leaders. He also vilified Ana Gomes, the Chairperson of the EU Election Observer Mission and eventually pronounced her persona non grata.Meanwhile, against the original understanding between IGAD member countries on not sending peacekeeping troops from the vicinity, posturing as an ally in the “war on terror,” he sent his henchmen to Mogadishu and committed unspeakable crimes until all Somalis united to force his ejection. Although, analysts from various “think-tanks” concurred that Meles’s henchmen fuelled the Somali conflagration, the “international community” picked an easy target to vent its frustration; thus sanctioned Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea.Unfortunately, the sanction that accused Asmara of arming and harboring Al-Shaabab did not deter it from unleashing its lethal force.Rather, it has succeeded to distribute the carnage to the doorsteps of Uganda and Kenya or so we have been “informed.”

At any rate, as a reward for rigging elections, incarcerating and massacring civilians both in Ethiopia and Somalia, the “international community” allowed him more to wallow with millions of dollars and to occasionally hobnob with heavyweight figures in the global corridors. Using his immunity, he held another farcical election in May 2010 that surpassed all. Again he vilified and barred the chairman of the EU Election Observer Mission; Thijs Berman.This sort of double standard by the “international community” is not only confined in Ethiopia. According to a recent report by Timothy Kalyegira, Editor of Uganda Record, in 2006 Western ambassadors urged the main opposition figure, Dr.Kiza Besigye to “concede” defeat to the incumbent Yoweri Museveni.Museveni is another despot who is profiteering in the “war on terror.” On top of feeding Uganda’s youth as cannon fodders in Somalia, latest reports linked him through his brother Gen.Salim Saleh that he is out to profit more via “Private Military Companies” like the infamous Blackwater in Iraq. /See The East African Dec 27, 2010-Jan 2, 2011. /The writings on the wall indicate that the upcoming election in Uganda in February can be held as hostage by the incumbent invoking “stability vis-à-vis war on terror” among other recipes to reject the “will” of the people. When we cross to West Africa, we find Nigeria whose president inherited the presidency from his predecessor Umar Yar’Adua whose election was marred by controversy and fraud. Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso has been in power for over two decades after assassinating his predecessor. And these and others make up the membership of ECOWAS that calls for Laurent Gbagbo to respect the “will” of Ivorians or else face their wrath.

There is also another aspect that we haven’t been told unequivocally from the perspectives of the law of the land in Ivory Coast as to whether whose decision prevails in the event of election dispute; the declaration of election results by the Electoral Commission or the ruling of the Constitutional Council? Why is that the world that finds it easy to do business with Meles Zenawi with all his puny institutions including his Kangaroo courts finds it difficult, at least to consider Gbagbo’s assertion that the law is on his side? Why ridicule his argument to equate his situation with the United States Supreme Court that made George Bush president when the whole world including Americans believed that the winner was Algore?When Shaka Ssali hosted Augustin Douoquih,Esq.Legal Adviser for Laurent Gbagbo with a profound deference not meant only as a matter of courtesy, I sensed once again that something was amiss with the “international community’s” stance against Gbagbo.The other interlocutor,Anzman Diabate,Editor of a website called Focus Africa who is also an Ivorian, couldn’t refute the position and cool explanation of Gbagbo’s legal adviser. I have also noticed subtle perversion of truth by some Medias to make it look like that all previous postponement of elections in Ivory Coast was made to extend the rule of Gbagbo without consulting all stakeholders. The truth, as can be seen from Wikipedia and other sources was that all postponement was acknowledged and approved by UN and AU since the rebels in the north refused to disarm.

Currently, in our world that’s rife with deception such as the one that nearly made us believe that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran rigged election until WikiLeaks showed us that was the concoction of his nemesis, the White House, Gbagbo’s assertion that the French and Americans wanted to see him go should not be set aside lightly. Since history is not kind to these two Western nations when it comes to seeing genuine democracy flourish in Africa, we should ask why they clamor for his removal via the bloodletting of Africans. In view of this, therefore, the “international community” which has never been consistent, in fact chronically deficient in moral grounds to castigate anyone on election defaults, the position taken by President John Atta Mills of Ghana on Ivory Coast shows that that country is no banana republic that puts its people in harms way to appease the big powers of the world. The first move to oust Gbagbo must come from none other but Ivorians themselves.Sadly, the military from whom Alassane Quattara claims “63 percentage” support is still firmly behind Laurent Gbagbo not to speak of his failure to rally the public for any meaningful civil disobedience.

An Ethiopian Refugee in Uganda

  1. Benji in Cote D’Ivoire
    | #1

    shame on you. Gbagbo lost and refused to step down, hiding behind pan-africanism. The West are doing nothing wrong. Tell Gbagbo to step down that’s all. Stop putting all your blames in life on the white man, get life my brother. I’m a black man like you but I reason, work hard and copy what is good. Not sitting down, doing nothing and critising those who’re progressing in life. The West doesn’t have your time, they’re progressing. Sit there mulling over you African Unity stuff. It’s outdated man, get life.

  2. NGFG
    | #2

    ignorance of African politics probably informs your position, Show me one African Country in West, Central, east north or Southern Africa that has received support from the international community to establish a democratic government,infact show me one former french Colony that is ruled by a democratically elected president representing the will of the people, if none, then give me a reason why French policy in Africa is suddenly changing in 2010 or in the case of Ivory Coast.

    Francophone Africa is litted with Puppets of the ELysee,there is no evidence suggesting that Alasane Ouatara is not just that,and if its only because of that, he doesnot have my vote, he is the first opposition leader I know in Africa that sponsors a rebellion to kill thousands of its citizens, lets his militia influence the rigging of elections and invites external military intervention to kill Ivorians just because he wants to be president at all cost. I person who is ready to spill the blood of his country men to become their leader is not worthy of leading them, because Pan Africanism that you criticise has taught us that a true leader is one who is ready to give his blood for his people not spill their blood for his personal interests.

  3. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #3


    I agree with your comment. People like this writer like to sit around all day blaming USA and the West for their inevitable failure in life. The best they can do is spending hours of their daily lives delving into 150 years old Marxist scriptures. Then that makes their alcohol blood level rise, go blind and become hateful of a civilized way of life. The only tune that soothes their intoxicated lifestyle is the defunct melody of ‘The International’. Boy, I despise such low lives!!! Get the frigging out here!!!!

  4. George
    | #4

    Dear Refugee
    It is people who think like you, who are easily manipulated like you, who have warped logic like yours, that are responsible for allowing dictators to destroy Africa. That is why you are a refugee instead of living in your country.
    The first rule of democracy is ‘majority rule’. It is about the will of the majority, not of the kangaroo courts. The job of running elections and counting votes belongs to electoral bodies not the courts.
    Just because the US supreme court got it wrong does not mean Gbagbo’s kangaroo court should be allowed to do the same. Comparing his court to the US supreme court is also extremely naive. Justices of the US supreme court although sometimes partisan and biased are nominated by different presidents over decades and subjected to rigorous vetting by congress, press FBI and the American people.
    No country is perfect, but the US system is much more mature and works most of the time. We do not have presidents staying in power illegally for 5 yrs
    Ps do not use French/European/American imperialism which exists, as an excuse to keep a useless and ineffective leader in power.

  5. Thomas
    | #5

    Thank you for your insightful article-its good to see an Ethiopian with the views like this–THank you kindly–YOur Eritrean Neighbor

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    The comments of someone like you will not change the fact that the Ghanian president made the right decision. Read the article and understand what the author is saying and don’t just make a doumb statement as if you have a banana head.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    If Gbagbo does not step down peacefully I think what happened to Samuel Doe of Liberia will befall Gbagbo at the end of the day.

  8. Kwaku Danso
    | #8

    Wow! This article is so misinformed and discombobulated, on so many levels, that refuting and rebutting it’s bogus points would require writing an equally lengthy article. Instead, I will consign it’s shallow author to the jokers category and make sure to skip right over his useless work in the future.

    KIFLU HUSSAIN, your kind of thinking (by influential leaders and the political elite) is what dumped Africans in the painful, neocolonialist death-grip of the IMF/World Bank, paradoxically, in the name of Pan Africanism. Thankfully that lost-cause mindset is becoming increasingly confined to irrelevant arm-chair speculators like you whose antiquated ideas have lost traction in our society. Take the time and find yourself my “brother” because while you grapple with reality, the rest of us (mighty Africa rising!) will be wading our way forward, learning and perfecting as we go.

  9. Assta B. Gettu
    | #9

    The author of the article has succeeded in presenting clearly his view points about the influence of the Big Powers that dominate the so called the ‘international community’ and bring such community to the UN Security Council to prove or disprove the cases of powerless nations such as Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, and many other countries.

    As the tool of the Big Powers and financed by such powers, the UN has been the hostage of the Western powers that mold, bend, dictate, and influence the ‘international community’ at their disposals.

    When the Big Powers want to accomplish their own interests in any given country, they care more or less for the interest of that country but for their owns, regardless of the rule of law that exists in a document in the hands of the UN Security Council. The rule of law is ignored most of the time by the Big Powers, and the law of dictators is followed, ignoring the law of the oppressed.

    For example, when Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) slaughtered hundreds of innocent civilians in 2005 and jailed thousands of Ethiopians, the UN didn’t come to rescue the Ethiopian civilians from uncalled-for death because the Big Powers had no interest in the internal affairs of the Ethiopian government and the UN couldn’t do anything to help unless the Big Powers gave it the green light.

    On the other hand, when the Big Powers detected the presence of Al Qaida in the Horn of Africa, they intervened in the internal affairs of Somalis, paid a huge amount of many to the Ethiopian Dictator to attack Somalia, and Somalia was attacked by the Woyanne army. Thousands of Somalis were killed, and million of them were left homeless, and the number of dead from the Woyanne’ army in Somalis is still unknown. When such atrocities were committed by the Big Powers in Somalia, the puppet of the Big Powers, the UN, never condemned the perpetrators of the crime – the Big Powers. The Big Powers, in fact, had rewarded Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) millions of American dollars for his cooperation with the Big Powers in crashing the Islamist terrorists in Mogadishu, Somalia.

    The Darfuri, who have lost their properties, their sons and daughters to the merciless Sudani Janjaweed Arab Muslims, are still living in shelters, and the UN has miserably failed to settle their problems, to oust Al Bashir, the killer of the Darfuri, his own people. He is still enjoying life to the fullest and continuing to harass those who do not agree with him, forcing them to accept the Sharia law, and as a result of his oppression, the Southern Sudanese are seceding from the Northern Sudanese.

    Eritrea has been on the terrorist list imposed on her by the Big Powers for arming the Somali Islamist terrorists, and the UN has not been bothered to send a fact-finding mission to Eritrea whether it is true that Eritrea has been supporting the Islamist terrorists or not. In fact, because of the double standard of the Big Powers, Eritrea is still in a limbo about its border-disputes with Ethiopia, even though Badime was awarded to Eritrea, the Big Powers did not want to pressure the Dictator Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi), their Somali war hero; therefore, the UN, in conformity with the Big Powers, ignored the Eritrean border issue and put a sanction on Eritrea to further weaken the country and bow down to the Big Powers.

    And now in Ivory Coast, the ‘international community,’ guided by the Big Powers, is fulfilling the interests of the Big Powers by working hard to send to exile the legitimate leader of the Ivorian people, Laurent Gbagbo from the Southern Christians, believing he did not win the election; however, if the Ivorian Southern Christians like him, let them have him as their president, and if the Northern Muslims want Alassane Ouattara as their president, let them also have him; in this case, they will have two governments: North and South like North Korea and South Korea, and the causes of such terrible splits are the Big Powers, and no one is to blame except the Big Powers who like to muddle in the internal political affairs of a powerless country.

    As the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills, suggests the ‘international community’ should not choose a leader for the Ivorians, and let the Ivorians choose their own leader, which means let the ‘international community’ follow John Atta Mills’ promise that Ghana is not going to be involved in the Ivorians’ internal politics except in a close-door diplomacy; however, John Atta Mills’ quiet diplomacy may not satisfy the interests of the hungry wolves – the Big Powers who divided North Korea from South Korea, North Vietnam from South Vietnam, and they would not relent to divide this African nation into South and North Ivory Coast. Let us wait and see!

  10. The Eritrean one!
    | #10

    Just let it be clear for the average Ethiopian that the people of Eritrea never considered Ethiopians as their enemies, other than a nation and people that are misled by their rulers to serve their western masters; and that includes the current sophisticated slaves from the aiga jungle. The Ethiopian people should wake up and smell reality- a reality that Eritrea is independent but we still can do business with any Ethiopians be it from South, North, East, or West. The Ethiopian people blood suckers leaders of the day do not serve the interest of Ethiopians but their far away masters that are making a living in the name of poor Ethiopian people; and that includes the so called NGO’s or diplomats!! Peace to the people of Ethio-Eritreans and the whole region of the horn of Africa.

  11. Kemalyy
    | #11

    Well I do not agree with the author sometimes international community needs to involve in certain Situations, for example Somalia’s failed to resolve their issues for the last 2 decades, still continue fighting each other if the international community sit and watching I do not think that is acceptable, at the same time Ethiopia should not sit and watch when the organized gangs invading Ethiopia and to break up Ethiopia, that is exactly what happen before, knowingly and unknowingly the Ethiopian progressive force supporting EPLF and fight the central government and then we lost our coast because we support the idea of Issias and Meles.

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  13. baba africa
    | #13


    what the hell you talking about do you even believe ethiopia had a coast?? the answer is never and never will be because ethiopia not only deos not deserve but does not have the right to the sea through eritrea period.
    read history history befor you come here and talk about things you have no idea about.
    simple question
    was eritrea part of ethiopia? yes
    was eritrea colonized? yes
    was ethiopia colonized? the most answer to this question from ethiopian is NEVER
    so which is right?

    disreguarding this read history and history bro

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