By Nwangwu Uba
Barely 24 hours after the protesters in the eastern city of Atbara and other major cities in Sudan , forced the collapse of the Omar al-Bashir, regime, after a government decision to triple the price of bread the in the country, the protest movement scored another major victory. this time around the military moved to replace the Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf led military Council.
The leader of the protest movement from the onset was said to have made it clear to Auf, the minister of Defense, who announced the sacking of the al-Bashir regime, that they would continue their sit -in protest unless the transitional Council was Civilian controlled. Auf and the other Transitional members were not ready to bow to the protesters pressure and the protesters in turn, were not ready to call off the protest .
The situation was so bad that the economy was getting worse daily from the four months old protest that the transitional council members including Auf, have no option but to back out to avoid throwing the country into civil war. The anger of the protesters was that Auf, the Defense minister and the other members of the transitional council were too ”close to former President Bashir, an indication that they were chips of the old block and therefore should not be allowed to stay in power for two years, followed by an election.
Giving that the protesters were not ready to call it off, Auf, who may not be as popular as al- Bashir was also forced to step down as head of the ruling military transitional council. ”I General Awad Ibn Auf a I am giving up the post”. According to him, he took the decision to” preserve the unity of the armed forces”. He had named Lt. General Abdel Fatah Aderlrahman Burhan, who has no link with the Bashir discredited regime as the new head of the military council.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, SPA, which had mid-wifed the four months- old protests that forced al-Bashir out of office were said to have welcomed Auf’s resignation as a” triumph of the will of the masses”. The resignation of Auf, political Observers said may not have signaled the end of the crisis in the Islamic country as the group were said to have enjoined the people to continue the sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoun, the country’s Capital and only take to the streets outside the military’s various garrisons throughout the country.
In spite of assurances by the ruling military council’s claim that it had no ambitions to hang on to power for too long, the SPA could not take it as it insists that the military council must hand over power to a civilian transition government.
There are fears that the United Nations, UN, Security Council might sanction Sudan , over the truncating of democracy in the country. But Christopher Heusgen, Germany Ambassador to the United Nations and President of the Security Council reportedly said the fifteen body members had agreed to monitor the situation in the country following a closed door briefing . Heusgen disclosed that the Council will not announce any action against Sudan for now as the body is still dealing with the issue.
Aware that the international Community are watching to see the next line of action of the Burhan led transitional council towards the restoration of democracy in the country, he was said to have asked all the ”political forces ” in the country to name two representatives today ( Saturday, 13, 2019, for a dialogue on the country’s transition process.
Given that the military might want to use force on the protesters to remain in power, Michelle Bachelet, the UN, High Commissioner for Human Rights , has warned the Sudanese military to refrain from using force against the protesters. Bachelet, who is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan, has said to have urged the Sudanese Authorities to release all those detained for their exercise of ” freedom of peaceful Assembly and expression” while protesting.
Bachelete traced the roots of the crisis to Sudan to human grievances, economic, social, civil and political violations. The solution, he said must also be founded in Human Rights protection. Agency reports has it that Bashir, the former Sudanese President who was indicted by the International Criminal Court , ICC, on charges of wr crimes and Crimes against humanity over the Dafur conflict would be dragged to Hague, to face the charges.
The Sudanese crisis may have forced President Muhammadu Buhari to summon the country’s security chiefs to a closed door meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019, to address the worsening security situation in Zamfara and other states in the mineral rich north western geo-political region. He was said to have ordered the military chiefs to ”immediately and ruthlessly deal with the bandits in the region before it spread to other regions which create nationwide crisis. Many believe that he is taking a proactive decision to forestall what is happening in Sudan from happening in Nigeria over the 2019 Presidential election which is still being contested by Atiku Abubakar, the Presidental Candidate of the People’s democratic Party.
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