Following the battery of sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Mali, several voices were raised to decry this decision. Among them, those of the singers Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly. In this wake, the famous Imam Mahmoud Dicko made his voice heard. He deplored the decision taken by the sub-regional body, calling it « unfair » to all Malians: « It is with a bruised heart that I come to deliver a message because our country is going through a very difficult situation. I say it clearly, the people of Mali do not deserve these ECOWAS sanctions. Our country and our people have given enough, there has been a lot of suffering. For decades we have been going through very difficult situations. I have always implored the indulgence and understanding of the international community in the face of the crisis we are going through. We are going through a multidimensional crisis that deserves special attention.
In this ordeal, Imam Dicko urged Malians, especially young people, to always hold their heads high: « Today we are facing our destiny, it is time to show that we are a dignified people. Whatever sanctions are imposed on us, we must show that nothing can shake us. We must not let this crisis cause us to give up these values that are ours.
As a reminder, the West African countries decided to freeze Malian assets in the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), to close the borders between Mali and the member states of the organization, but also to suspend transactions with Bamako, except for medical products and basic necessities.
ECOWAS has also decided to withdraw ambassadors from all member countries from Mali and has announced other sanctions concerning financial aid. These sanctions come after the Malian authorities failed to hold elections in February 2022. Instead, the ruling junta had proposed a transition of up to five years, a proposal unacceptable to ECOWAS.