Although what is happening in Mali, does not capture the essence of democracy as captured by Abraham Lincoln, who is the 16th president of the United States of America, when he said, democracy as government of the people, by the people and for the people, but the people have accepted the coup detat that ousted the government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 8.
Leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday, September 15, at the instance of the new chairman of the Authourity, president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, met the heads of a military government in the bloc's latest attempt to quicken the transition from military leadership.
After the coup which was long in coming, because of the economic situation and political climate in the country, ECOWAS imposed economic sanctions after the coup and now after the meeting at the Peduase Lodge, has given the leaders of the military an ultimatum to handover to a civilian government.
Much as this newspaper, shares in the concerns of ECOWAS, it is pertinent to point out that, some of the leaders, including the president of Ghana, do not have the moral right to dictate to Mali, as to the way to go.
The essential elements of democracy which are the values of freedom, respect for human rights, the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage is lacking in most of the ECOWAS countries.
The president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, is seeking a contentious third term bid, just as his predecessor, Laurent Laurent Gbagbo in 2010 that led to the loss of 3000 lives.
The will of the people should be the basis for authourity for every government. The people of Mali, are in support of the military.
West African leaders, should allow the people of Mali, to decide the direction of their country.