Obasanjo: Reason military coup returns in West Africa

Obasanjo: Reason military coup returns in West Africa
Obasanjo: Reason military coup returns in West Africa

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has attributed the return of military rule through coup de’tat in the African continent to rising bad governance among the political leaders in the continent.

Obasanjo, who has ruled Nigeria both as a military ruler (through coup) and an elected democratic leader, spoke when he received a group Africa for Africa Youth Initiative (A4A) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library in Abeokuta Ogun state

The former president, who spoke while interacting with the visiting youths, said the rising military coups in Africa have shown that the youths are in search of liberators.

The visiting youths group which was founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy Church had the theme of their discussion with Obasanjo as, “Fostering Sustainable Development Through Pan Africanism.”

Recall that about seven African countries, including Sudan, Guinea Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Gabon have witnessed change of government through military coups since 2020,

Though the former Nigerian president was emphatic to condemned military coups no matter the situation, even as he remembered his experience in the hands of former Military dictator, late General Sanni Abacha he admonished democratic governments accross Africa to avoid those features of bad governance and maladministration that could lead youths to think of military take over of government

Responding to questions on the coups in Africa, Obasanjo said certain conditions have been encouraging the various military takeover of governments across the continent.

He said, “Having suffered in the hand of Abacha, I won’t support military coup. But if it has to come, what can we do?

“The point is this, do we have conditions that encourage the type of things that are happening, because if we don’t have the conditions that encourage them, they may not happen. That doesn’t not mean it should be encouraged. What it means is that we should make sure that we do everything to prevent coups from happening.

“When you see things that happen in many countries, and I will not exclude Nigeria, then you wonder and don’t forget, don’t forget particularly the youth, they support most of these coups. The one in Gabon, the Coup Leader was being carried on the head by the youths, not by old wretched men and women like me.

“So, the youth are looking for liberators, and we must bear that in mind. Why do we have to allow the youth to start looking for liberators beyond the government of the day. Why?”

Obasanjo called for the entrenchment of true democratic principles with God-given attributes as a way of discouraging coups in the continent.

“And if you have been in government for 40 years and you are not tired, maybe you need retirement

“One, let me make it clear, I don’t support coup because personally I have been a victim of coup. Two, the good thing about democracy, if it works and it delivers, is that you can sit down and dialogue and debate and discuss. But your democracy must take integrity along with it.

“Your democracy must take honesty along with it. Your democracy must take character along with it. Your democracy must take those attributes, God-given attributes, inclusive society, no marginalization, no exclusion, no favoritism.”

He called on the African youths to brace up and take leadership positions today and not tomorrow, according to him, may never come.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of A4A, Pastor Henry Akasili, said the organization has a duty to inspire youth people to drive a sustainable development in Africa.

He said “We believe in action, we believe in seeing that sustainable change in the African continent that is why we have come from 7 African countries, and to go back and influence those who need to be influenced to the same message to another level.

“Africa has a lot of resources, Africa has the brains, Africa is filled and full of intelligent minds. The young people that we have now, they know better. They are seeing and hearing ability is a lot better because of the information they have heard from the founder, Reverend Chris Oyakhilome.”

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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