On January 16, 2019, at 3 pm, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court confirmed the acquittal and immediate release of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his Minister Blé Goudé, who had been charged with crimes against humanity. The charges are consecutive to the November 2010 presidential election.
By acquitting President Laurent Gbagbo and Minister Charles Blé Goudé, the First Instance Chamber of the International Criminal Court exposes the lightness of the prosecution case.
This decision offers a chance for the normalization of the political and social life in Ivory Coast and opens new perspectives for the African people.
1 - Analysis:
Afrocentricity International, an organization acting for the African cultural renaissance, takes note of this decision, which it regards as of great historical significance in that it marks a victorious stage for the African peoples’ struggle for full liberation, namely political, economic cultural and especially spiritual.
It is the spiritual vocation of African culture and the high requirements of Africa’s ancestral code of cardinal virtue which explain, without a doubt, this positive outcome.
For AI, the proof is once again made that only the return to our ancestral traditions and reconnection with our ancestors will trigger the virtuous movement that will lead us from victory to victory
Also, here AI would like to pay tribute to Amon-Ra the Almighty, to our deities, ancestors, and elders, and to express to them our infinite gratitude.
At this historic moment, we have a special thought for all the innocent victims of this war and their families. Our organization will not cease to invoke the ancestors for the triumph of justice.
In a statement made on 8 January 2011 on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, our organization recalled that the way out of the crisis is through reconciliation. We stated that "Afrocentricity International is committed to the civilized methods of negotiation, dialogue and mediation to resolve the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. These are the instruments of the wisdom of our ancestors, the indispensable minimum for healing the wounded nation. "
2 - Call:
From the foregoing, AI, in the name of Peace, calls on all political actors in Ivorian life, especially leaders of all political parties and of civil society, to seize this opportunity to achieve the required national reconciliation demanded by the circumstances.
We must get together to rebuild Wasirê's dismembered body, by staying deaf to divisive foreign calls. We must avoid the tribal, religious and chauvinistic confinement that our enemies are trying to impose on us.
Unity is our Aim, Victory is our Destiny!
Peraat Ama Mazama
Molefi Kete Asante, International Organizer, AI
Philadelphia, January 17, 2019/6255