The change is slight, but worth noting. To the “CNRD” crest, which he proudly wore on his chest since the coup of September 5, 2021, Mamadi Doumbouya now prefers that of “Godfather”. A Hollywood reference for and nickname acquired within the Special Forces Group (GFS), whose command was entrusted to him in 2018 and which, in fact, he still leads.
Several months after his fall, exuding to one of his visitors, former President Alpha Condé denied, from his Turkish exile, having been at the origin of this promotion (“Doumbouya’s CV did not never been submitted!”). But the idea of creating the Special Forces, it is indeed him and his relatives who had had it. It had germinated in March 2016, when Côte d’Ivoire had just experienced its first large-scale attack in the coastal town of Grand-Bassam. “After that, we wondered who we would call if the same type of event happened in Guinea, remembers someone close to Alpha Condé. We had no competent service. Finally, it was the Ministry of Defense that took charge of the creation of this unity. »