editorialBy Ousman Njie
This past month speculation was rife regarding the state of health of the President of Cote D'Ivoire who is now 72. It was gathered that he had surgery in connection with nerve pain that affected his back .
On Sunday, President Ouattara returned to Cote D'Ivoire after a month of treatment in France. He showed his walking stick to those who appeared to welcome him home. Like the President of Algeria, President Ouattarra has also joined the camp of ailing presidents who need periodic treatment from medical doctors in France.
This speaks volume on the state of health services in Africa after 50 years of Independence. Some are receiving treatment without making their medical status public. At least Ouattara's status has been made public. Many hide their ailments just for the sake of power. We expected President Ouattara to set a new record by declaring that he would not stand a second term. Mr Ouattara was elected in 2010 amidst political controversy. His rival is now before the ICC. He is also suffering from ill health. In 2015 The Cote D'Ivoire would go back to elections.
Presidnt Ouattara could have defused all tensions by making himself a one- term president and use the rest of his term to foster unity and tolerance in the country so that the 2015 election would be followed by the election of the undiluted choice of the Ivorian people and thus leave a legacy for posterity.