Invites non-violence and a culture of peace; May 2019.
Benin has been going through a political crisis for some time that has been exacerbated by a post-election crisis.
This deplorable situation has created unprecedented confusion and disturbed the legendary peace of our country once cited as an example in the field of democracy summer stability.
This led to public demonstrations with acts of incivility and the heavy-handed intervention of the republican police and then the army to restore order.
Without any party taken, the NGO FAITH by this message vehemently condemns all acts of vandalism perpetrated by onlookers in search of easy gain and under the influence of psychoactive substances; who take advantage of the chaos to attack the assets of honest citizens and public infrastructure.
We condemn with the same energy the savage, barbaric and inhumane repression of our armed forces which fired live ammunition at demonstrators resulting in loss of life.
We call on an international commission of inquiry to ensure that responsibilities are located and the sanctions applied.
The NGO FAITH sympathizes with the grief of the collateral victims of the acts of incivility and offers its condolences to the bereaved families.
In the end, we invite all our political actors to sit down at a negotiating table for an inclusive dialogue for the happiness of our people.
We also call on the people to calm, restrain and be tolerant because all violence will only divide us and destroy our nation.
We commend our security and law enforcement forces for the sacrifices made on a daily basis, sometimes even at the risk of their lives, in order to ensure our security and the stability of our common homeland. Nevertheless, we invite them to be more professional and humanity from now on in fulfilling their republican mission.
We firmly believe that with a collective awareness and a renewed patriotism, our dear and beautiful country Benin will emerge from these turbulent times.
For the sake of our common homeland, let us act for peace.