"We Have To Think Out Of The Box" - Obasanjo Says Democracy Is Not Working For Africa

Date: 20-11-2023 4:13 pm (1 week ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 20-11-2023 04:13 PM (1 week ago)
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has stated that Western Liberal Democracy has not been as a system of government in Africa because it was “forced" on the continent but doesn't serve the needs of the people.

Obasanjo said this while delivering his keynote address at a high-level consultation on “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa”, in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.

The former military General said the Western style of democracy has failed in Africa because it does not take into account the view of the majority of the people.

He noted that Western Liberal Democracy is a “government of a few people over all the people or population and these few people are representatives of only some of the people and not full representatives of all the people.”
He advocated for what he termed, “Afro democracy” in place of Western liberal democracy.

According to him, African countries have no business in operating a system of government which they have no hands in its “definition and design”.

“The weakness and failure of liberal democracy as it is practised stem from its history, content and context and its practice.” he said

“Once you move from all the people to representative of the people, you start to encounter troubles and problems. For those who define it as rule of majority, should the minority be ignored, neglected and be excluded?

“In short, we have a system of government in which we have no hands to define and design and we continue with it, even when we know that it is not working for us.

“Those who brought it to us are now questioning the rightness of their invention, its deliverability and its relevance today without reform.

“The essence of any system of government is the welfare and well-being of the people: all the people.

“Here, we must interrogate performance of democracy in the West when it originated from and with us the inheritors of what we are left with by our colonial powers.

“We are here to stop being foolish and stupid. Can we look inward and outward to see what in our country, culture, tradition, practice and living over the years that we can learn from, adopt and adapt with practices everywhere for a changed system of government that will service our purpose better and deliver.

“We have to think out of the box and after, act with our new thinking. You are invited here to examine clinically the practice of liberal democracy, identify its shortcomings for our society and bring forth ideas and recommendations that can serve our purpose better, knowing human beings for what we are and going by our experiences and experiences of others.

“We are here to think as leaders of thought in the academia and leaders of thought with some experience in politics.”

Posted: at 20-11-2023 04:13 PM (1 week ago) | Addicted Hero
- OmoNobaUku at 20-11-2023 04:37 PM (1 week ago)
Very true but a big part of this problem can be overcome with the introduction of mandatory / compulsory voting as they practice in countries like Australia. I.e. everyone eligible to vote MUST vote. Even if it means they'd spoilt their ballot paper.
Posted: at 20-11-2023 04:37 PM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- OmoNobaUku at 20-11-2023 04:39 PM (1 week ago)
Ultimately though, no system of Govt in the world can keep all people happy or satisfied. Not even a one party system of Govt can do that. There will ALWYAS be disaffection, divisions and apathy. It's just the way things are.
Posted: at 20-11-2023 04:39 PM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- Benti247 at 20-11-2023 05:34 PM (1 week ago)
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Over to you Khaki Boys. Please listen to Baba and save Nigerians from this demonic party called APC. Do the needful. Nigerians will not mind being woken up by your FELLOW COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN early morning broadcast.
Posted: at 20-11-2023 05:34 PM (1 week ago) | Upcoming
- Dopybadass at 20-11-2023 06:29 PM (1 week ago)
Democracy is not working for Africa or for Nigeria,some Africa countries are working naw,but APC cultists politicians have bought the country only to themselves
Posted: at 20-11-2023 06:29 PM (1 week ago) | Gistmaniac
- gogoman at 20-11-2023 11:10 PM (1 week ago)
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nothing work for anybody!!! you will take your life into your hands and work for yourself!!! democrazy or what ever na just made up word!!! YOU PEOPLE MUST WORK TO GETHER TO MAKE THINGS WORK!!!! you fool!!!!!!!!!
Posted: at 20-11-2023 11:10 PM (1 week ago) | Grande Master