To mark the celebration of the 51st Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the President, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has addressed a message to the people, reminding them that “the people of Equatorial Guinea has experienced calm, peace, stability and socio-economic development in the last 40 years”. In his message, the President of the Republic expressed the opinion that there was not another Equatorial Guinea for tomorrow, as is the dream of the critical opposition, “that trusts in a political alliance with the eternal enemies of Africa and Equatorial Guinea”.
The Head of State also reaffirmed that luck did not repeat itself in people’s lives, I thus invite these compatriots, while respecting their right to oppose My Government, to act with common political logic and stop using violence and turning to those who have no feelings of love for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, because violence always breeds violence and it s a provocation that threatens the peace and stability of the people of Equatorial Guinea.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is celebrating with boundless joy and happiness the Fifty-first Anniversary of National Independence, won on 12th October, 1968, from the former Spanish colonial power, following a period of 200 years of the colonial system in our country. For that reason, with much emotion, I express heartfelt congratulations to the people of Equatorial Guinea throughout the nation and abroad for that historic victory that will be permanently recorded as a turning point that marked the birth of the Equatoguinean nation. The gaining of full independence for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea was not easy, because during the occupation of our country by the colonialists from 1778 to 1968, our country’s leaders and nationalists radically opposed their presence, because it featured the phenomena of slavery, the slave trade, and the trafficking of natives and local tribes”.
In addition, the President said that the presence of colonialism in our country was stained with the blood of our leaders, national heroes and many nationalists who were victims of abuse, forced labour without payment, deportations, imprisonment without trial, and a total lack of respect for civil, political, social or cultural rights recognised for every human, This is the most adequate occasion for recalling and remembering those brave leaders and compatriots who gave their lives in that fight for liberation over two centuries. Honour and glory to those who the people and history will remember forever”.
In his message he confirmed that historical events indicate that Equatorial Guinea independence was not a gift from the powerful colonial administrator or an international organisation; it was the result of a popular mobilisation of the people who claimed their absolute freedoms that had been violated by the colonialists. After 200 years change had to come, with no conditions, because the people understood that what had not been achieved over two centuries of colonial occupation could not be achieved with them.
As can be seen from the Act of National Independence signed on 12th October, 1968, there is no mention of a handover to the new State of the elements necessary to maintain and defend a nation, nor any economy as a backdrop to maintaining the functioning of the new administration, nor the technical personnel to guarantee social and administrative services. They left as they had come, leaving nothing for the country. That is the reason why I have always stated that Equatorial Guinea independence was a brave act, risky and revolutionary by the people, with no payment in return, simply their determination to win their freedom. This reality came to light just a few months after our country gained independence, when the disengagement among the leaders who had fought for national liberation and various interests led to a point of divergence among the main political parties. As is natural, an economic and administrative crisis, instability, anarchy and the totalitarianism which tore apart the fragile social fabric of the new nation followed.
This is what we call today the “period of sad memory”, in which Equatoguineans dispersed in various countries of the world. We have no phobia about recalling historical facts, because they belong to the past and that past of our country has been buried. However, we must tell this sad story to the new generations, so that perverse hidden minds do not intoxicate or attempt to reproduce the monstrous events of our history. It is commonly said that whoever ignores history is at great risk of repeating it, and making the same mistakes again”.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo declared that history and politics are always dynamic, and correspond to the same essence as human societies, which are inter-related and always will be down the centuries. Thanks to that dynamism in our society, the historic changes which took place in 1979 created another turning point and began a new era of change and freedoms. Thanks to the peace and the winning of these freedoms, the country is currently developing a pluralist, participative and inclusive democracy; all political, economic, social and cultural rights inherent in all human beings are being developed; gender equality and the provision of basic social services can be seen in Equatorial Guinea, thus leading the country towards emergence, thanks to responsible management dominated by prudence, patience, faith and dialogue between Equatoguineans. In that way the current levels of development have been achieved.
In another part of his speech he stated that, despite this environment favouring the general development of the nation, and although in all human activities there are always deficiencies and imbalances, whose resolution is the daily work of politicians, technicians and specialists, “we are aware of the persistence of a minority opposition who, with no interest in participating in the open dialogue of all, demonstrate with programmes of violent actions, provoking civil disobedience and betraying independence, sovereignty and the homeland.
I believe we are offering another opportunity for all Equatoguineans to participate, each sowing his efforts, instead of designing destructive, sensationalist plans lacking in reality, and even insulting for the people of Equatorial Guinea, because we know that the level of development seen in the country benefits all the inhabitants of Equatorial Guinea, each in accordance with their specific situation. We must understand that everyone cannot benefit to the same degree, because that does not happen in any country in the world.
The period of “sad memory” is not comparable with current times. The messages sent by the opposition on social media from their rearguard positions abroad confuse the people of Equatorial Guinea, because they contradict the reality of their daily lives. Let no one forget that, since we adopted pluralist democracy in Equatorial Guinea in 1982, these political parties, through their violent, irresponsible actions, have declared themselves to be parties radically opposed to the Government. Legally constituted, they have been part on more that three occasions, of armed invasions using sophisticated equipment, using mercenaries from various countries, and diabolical plans which, had they been successful, who can say with certainty if the State of Equatorial Guinea would be what we can see today. The message from the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea to the people to remain vigilant against the danger posed by our enemies is not electioneering or an apology for the political philosophy of the party, but a general call to the people to keep the Peace.
It is a message of real warning, which I send out to the people of Equatorial Guinea in my capacity as Head of State and representative of the people within the country and abroad, and is in accord with the current situation in the world today, where powers who wish to regain control of the world are financing terrorist groups, mercenaries, reactionaries, and detractors who destabilise, who work with dissident groups, radical opposition and separatists from within who wish to overthrow legitimate, progressive Governments who have majority support from the people.
I am not defending the Government here because I lead it. I was elected by the people in successive democratic elections and the people of Equatorial Guinea have always returned a majority for my candidacy. Even the democratic opposition is convinced that the PDGE programme, which we have always adopted in consultation with the people of Equatorial Guinea, is the best political alternative in order to continue with the accelerated development in the country, which is why those parties have formed a coalition with the Government to respond to the general interests of the nation.
In any event, I trust in the people of Equatorial Guinea which has been mature since gaining national independence on 12th October, 1968, the Fifty-first Anniversary of which we are commemorating today. Accumulated political experience is the best weapon against the predators bearing false messages and bad intentions not taking root or having a place in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. For the same reasons and in my capacity as the leader of the country, this is a message to the political class in our country, to authorities of state power, political parties and civil society in general, so that they understand how to lead the people of Equatorial Guinea, collaborating in the maintenance of order, peace, harmony and political and social stability reigning in the country. The celebration of any anniversary of our national independence should be an occasion for all citizens to respond to the challenge represented by the gaining of national independence. I mean that if we are truly fully doing our duty as citizens, as a sovereign State before our people, and before the international community, it is to reaffirm our responsible self-government. We think that despite the difficulties of government management, we believe that the people of Equatorial Guinea has responded positively to the challenge of self-government, because it has always believed in itself, backing the elected authorities to lead their historic destiny in freedom. Not only must we ask for change, but also demonstrate what we can contribute. Supported by this trust, my Government has been working shoulder to shoulder with the people of Equatorial Guinea, based on participative, inclusive democracy with dialogue, in order to ensure political balance, the general development of the country, and the peace and well-being of the nation”.
The Head of State recalled that Equatorial Guinea “was a country lacking in lines of communication in 1968, and is currently open to all administrative dependencies and the rest of the international community, through the construction of ports, airports and roads, promoting the deployment of all types of means of transport. Equatorial Guinea gained national independence in 1968, without centres for higher education, universities or technical schools for the training of its citizens, but today it has universities, technical and professional schools, both public and private.
The number of graduates from these centres and others abroad today surpasses the capacity of absorption of the Government for employment. Our country, at the moment it gained independence, only had rudimentary hospitals that operated as health centres, without equipment, materials or competent specialists. However, today we have modern hospitals, clinics and research centres which ensure the treatment of almost all illnesses in the country.
We have ensured the development of telecommunications in the country, as security for the investment of entrepreneurs, yet the internet and social media are being used to attack peace, stability social harmony and citizens’ safety, transgressing the laws in that regard. We have restructured the administrative distribution of the country, in order to facilitate access for the population to administrative services, with the creation of new provinces, districts, municipalities and recently the urban districts, in order to bring the administration to the people and eliminate poverty in the most remote, isolated places. At the end of the day we are compatriots, we believe we have sufficiently demonstrated the capacity for self-governing and what we lack is to cat in solidarity, with common criteria, in order to raise the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the peak of its aspirations, which is to achieve the socio-political development and the well-being of the nation.
The development of Equatorial Guinea is today a source of national pride and admired from abroad. For that reason I believe, dear patriots, that the only way to steer our country towards the fullness of its development is through participative, inclusive democracy, free from prejudice, hate, vengeance, superiority complexes, factual powers and hidden bad intentions. To finish, I ask God to continue to help our country to walk the path of his fullness and well-being”, and with these words, the President concluded his message to the people.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea