In a candid statement, Ishmail Bah, popularly known as Rappish and the elder brother of Boss La, has voiced his concerns regarding the alleged coup charges against former President Ernest Bai Koroma. Bah, not mincing words, criticized the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its approach to the situation.
He remarked, “ECOWAS is west Africa biggest problem, we have seen several meetings held by the west African states condemning coup d’etats around the region, this time is one of their colleague who is been accused of being part of a coup and to overthrow a sitting government, they are willing to loose it all just to cut a deal to get the former president an exile deal plus his benefit to be continued. So what happened to the other accused people who have been charged with the same crime and possible conspirators. If the exile deal goes through, it should be considered as corruption.”
Bah highlighted his belief that ECOWAS has become a significant challenge for West Africa, expressing discontent with the organization’s response to the accusations against the former president. He pointed out the apparent double standards, noting previous instances where ECOWAS held meetings condemning coup d’etats across the region. Now, with one of their own accused of involvement in a coup to overthrow a sitting government, Bah suggests ECOWAS is seemingly willing to compromise its principles.
The crux of Bah’s criticism lies in the speculated negotiations for an exile deal for former President Koroma. According to Bah, if such a deal is struck, it should be viewed as a form of corruption. He questions the fairness of allowing the former president an escape route while others accused of the same crime and potential conspirators face the full force of the law.
Bah’s statement prompts reflection on the potential repercussions of ECOWAS prioritizing an exile deal over impartial justice. He suggests that if the former president is granted an exile deal along with the continuation of his benefits, it could set a dangerous precedent and undermine the rule of law.
The broader implication, as portrayed by Bah, is a lack of consistency in ECOWAS’ commitment to addressing coup-related charges. By focusing on negotiations for an exile deal, Bah implies that ECOWAS may be more concerned with protecting one of its own than ensuring justice is served. This stance raises questions about the organization’s credibility and its ability to uphold democratic principles in the region.
As the situation unfolds, the eyes of West Africa will be on ECOWAS and its handling of this high-profile case. The criticisms raised by Ishmail Bah underscore the need for transparency, accountability, and fairness in addressing allegations of coup involvement, without exceptions based on political affiliations or stature. The outcome of this case could significantly impact the perception of ECOWAS as a regional body committed to fostering stability and democratic governance in West Africa.