His relatives assure that he was the first surprised, that he was not even a candidate. Consulted a few days before the 61e Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of African States of l’Ouest (ECOWAS) which was held on July 3 in Accra, the date on which his appointment as mediator for Guinea was made official, Thomas Boni Yayi nevertheless accepted the mission without flinching.
The former president had for several years shown his availability. “He felt that having left power to his worst enemy, Patrice Talon, he could, in the same way one Mahamadou Issoufou, play a role at the sub-regional level, explains one of his relatives. But he has long thought his bad relationship with Talon was a drag. Consulted even before Boni Yayi was approached, the Beninese head of state immediately gave his agreement. A blessing reaffirmed at the ECOWAS summit by its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aurelian Agbenonci.