Abidjan, 29 December 2019, 
For the CSCI (Ivorian Civil Society Convention), 
National Coordinator – Mahamadou Kouma 

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These past weeks the CSCI has been observing, with a great deal of alarm, the state of tension in the political and social spheres in Côte d’Ivoire. Now, at the end of 2019, this regrettable atmosphere, which is always caused by our country’s political actors, is stirring up social unease and a general sense of panic to the point of creating uncertainty and despair among the people.  

CSCI is keeping a close eye on how this toxic atmosphere is developing. If care is not taken, these power plays threaten to compromise the democratic process in 2020. “The Guillaume Kigbafori Soro affair”, which is the perfect illustration of this situation, continues to poison the daily lives of our good people who only want to live decently and in peace, as a prerequisite for any development.  

It’s as if we are all suffering from amnesia.  

Is the political class in Côte d’Ivoire incapable of learning the lessons from its sad past so long ago, but so near?  

Is the aim of politicians to serve themselves, serve others or subjugate others?  

Faithful to its missions and values of monitoring and awakening people’s consciences, CSCI is primarily calling on the political classes to take full responsibility for maintaining social cohesion and peace in Côte d’Ivoire.  

It is also making an urgent appeal:  

To the President of the Republic, Head of State and Father of the Nation, we ask you to:  
- Ensure, of course, that the rule of law prevails, but also and above all to prioritise all the means possible to preserve social harmony and peace, just like your spiritual father, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the advocate of peace who made peace a second religion to the point of preferring, albeit reluctantly, “injustice to unrest”. 

To political actors, we ask you to: 
- Follow the dictates of reason, irrespective of the nobility and legitimacy of your ambitions; 
- Understand that the ultimate aim of any action is to humbly serve man, all men and mankind as a whole; 
- Rightly place the greater good of the Nation and its people above your aspirations and personal, biased interests. 

To civil society actors, we ask you to: 
- Relentlessly pursue your noble mission of education, of raising public awareness and of appealing to the authorities with a view to promoting peace and the well-being of all. 

To the people, we ask you to: 
- Live by this positive maxim of the moralist Bertrand Russell, paraphrased here: Let us learn to live together as intelligent people at the risk of dying collectively as idiots.