Houphouetism Day: “Houphouët father of the 1st Ivorian miracle, Alassane Ouattara father of the second” (Adjoumani) – AFRIK SOIR

Former Ivorian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny was commemorated through Houphouetism Day on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. The main spokesperson for the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) took part. In his speech, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani noted that if President Houphouët is presented as the father of the first Ivorian miracle, all observers agree that President Alassane Ouattara is undoubtedly the father of the second Ivorian miracle. Statement.

Allow me to begin my remarks by indicating very clearly that for us, Houphouetism constitutes a gift, that is to say, the most precious gift that Providence has given to our beautiful country through an exceptional statesman, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, whose vision and political genius continue to inspire and guide the majestic steps of our dear country towards the heights of economic progress and social. And this nearly thirty years after the divine decree which recalled him to eternal rest.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Distinguished Guests,

As you have understood, the theme placed at the heart of our exchanges, on this anniversary of the disappearance of this emblematic figure in the history of our country and our continent is not only very inspiring but also and above all of a burning news. And for good reason, Houphouetism is inscribed in the very DNA of this country, for eternity. The name of Houphouët-Boigny is part of the history of Côte d’Ivoire.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It would obviously be pretentious on our part to want to exhaust such a concept, which has an encyclopedic depth, in the space of a few minutes. But to try a simple definitional approach, we are going to say that Houphouetism is in a way, the summary of all the values ​​and principles which inspired political action and directed the vision, the philosophy of life and the governance of President Houphouët. -Boigny.

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More specifically, during our speech today, we will try, as we have been asked, to throw a spotlight on the political trajectory and the gigantic work of President Houphouët-Boigny and the one we are presenting today as his most accomplished political portrait, his most worthy heir and his most faithful disciple, I have named President Alassane Ouattara. So you understand that the exercise to which I gladly lend myself is one of the easiest, as the two characters merge and correspond, like political look-alikes.

Ladies and gentlemen,

With the humility that characterizes great minds, President Houphouët-Boigny, at the end of his life, and despite the immense, titanic work he had done, made this prophetic statement which still resonates in our minds: “I only traced the furrows. After me, will come a team to widen these furrows and make Côte d’Ivoire a more prosperous, bigger, more beautiful and more radiant country. »

Nearly thirty years after the call to God of our late president, what is the conclusion? Of all the teams that have succeeded each other in power, which one has had a convincing, significant impact on the future of this nation? Who is the President of the Republic who has most embodied the vision and work of President Houphouët-Boigny? Without hesitation and with objectivity, we will answer: Alassane Ouattara who projects himself in the eyes of Ivorians as the political reincarnation of President Houphouët-Boigny.

Yes Alassane Ouattara is Houphouët-Boigny reincarnated and downloaded. Coming from the same political DNA, they share the same values ​​and the same vision. Namely that the purpose of all political power is to ensure the well-being of human beings.

Look, like President Houphouët-Boigny, President Alassane Ouattara’s policy has always been inspired by this ardent desire to unite, to strengthen national unity, to break down all sociological barriers likely to undermine social cohesion and harmony. national. As much as President Houphouët-Boigny was keen on national unity as the apple of his eye, President Alassane Ouattara will make living together a real priesthood, a political program, which he will endeavor to communicate and share all his compatriots.

Remember in Accra, during the discussions on the Ivorian crisis, it was President Alassane Ouattara who, suffering from seeing the children of Houphouët-Boigny divided, called on President Bédié to ask him, as the eldest of the family of Houphouetists to reunite all the scattered children of the founding father. It was the beginning of the adventure of the RHDP which enabled the Houphouetists to regain state power and consolidate peace.

An act that recalls 40 years ago, what President Houphouët-Boigny achieved, by obtaining the merger of all the parties that existed before independence in the PDCI to jointly launch the development of the country, just like President Alassane Ouattara does it today with the RHDP.

Like President Houphouët-Boigny, the obstinate search for peace, dialogue, tolerance, forgiveness of offenses are at the heart of President Alassane Ouattara’s priorities and political approach. Political dialogue with the opposition and civil society, social dialogue with trade unions and all social actors to build and consolidate social peace.

I do not forget to mention the measures of amnesty, presidential pardon, facilitation of the return to the country of several political actors judged and condemned by justice. All this in the name of peace, because for peace there are no sacrifices too great. Personally President Alassane Ouattara suffered a lot of frustrations, wickedness, attacks, betrayals but God always gave him the strength to forgive his executioners. Because, to paraphrase Houphouët-Boigny, his heart is so small that there is not enough room to house hatred.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Like President Houphouët-Boigny, President Alassane Ouattara was prepared for the presidential office. His prestigious professional career is known to all. Both at the BCEAO and at the IMF, which allowed him to forge solid ties and gain a great deal of experience. Like President Houphouët-Boigny, by his presence in several French governments before taking up the presidential office. If President Houphouët is presented as the father of the first Ivorian miracle, all observers agree that President Alassane Ouattara is undoubtedly the father of the second Ivorian miracle.

In fact, all those who admired and loved Côte d’Ivoire under President Houphouët are under the spell of this new Côte d’Ivoire which is advancing under the magisterium of President Alassane Ouattara. Côte d’Ivoire is back, we like to say with pride to talk about the resurrection of major infrastructure projects, the great return of the country on the world diplomatic scene, the good health of the Ivorian economy.

Côte d’Ivoire has once again become the host country for major international summits, the country of hospitality and true brotherhood where peace, security and harmony reign.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Since the accession to power of President Alassane Ouattara, Côte d’Ivoire has once again become an oasis of peace and tranquility in a sub-regional context that is nevertheless so turbulent and constantly shaken by political instability and security threats in all its forms. Thanks to President Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire was a haven of peace and stability. Under the leadership of President Alassane Ouattara, this feature has been restored.

The Ivory Coast of major projects is back. The whole country is under construction.

While positioning themselves as center-right politicians, the two personalities have implemented a bold social policy to the delight of civil servants and all the working masses. As much as President Houphouët-Boigny was the peasants’ advocate, President Alassane Ouattara did not fail in defending the rights of the peasant world.

Recently, we have witnessed the increase in salaries, increase in allowances, release of salaries, introduction of the 13th month for civil servants, construction of ultra-modern CHRs and CHUs, reinforcement of the technical platforms of hospitals, construction of new universities, roads, highways, health centers, construction of new stadiums, schools of excellence, agro-industrial poles, increased support for the agricultural sector, remunerative prices for farmers and so on. And to think that all this is done in a world economic context of the most austere.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Beyond his admirable work at the head of the State, one of the finest tributes that President Alassane Ouattara has paid to his father, President Houphouët-Boigny, is undoubtedly the RHDP, a party which forever immortalizes the name of President Houphouët-Boigny, in its name.

President Houphouët-Boigny was also a great militant of true pan-Africanism and sub-regional integration. He has done a lot to resolve conflicts and bring people together. What about Alassane Ouattara who probably plays the same role today?

Patience, balance, a sense of dialogue, loyalty in relationships, humanism are common character traits that unite Presidents Houphouët-Boigny and Alassane Ouattara. Where they are expected with iron gloves, they surprise by taking out velvet gloves.

In conclusion, I would like to address the new generation, the young people who did not have the chance to know the founding father of modern Côte d’Ivoire by saying this to them: if you really want to see the face of Houphouëtism, in the 21st century and as I speak to you, simply look at Alassane Ouattara.

Thank you

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