Why Democracy Not Working In Africa -Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said, democracy as a system of government is not working in Africa because it was forced on the people.

Obasanjo made the assertion in his address at a high-level consultation on “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa”, on Monday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

The former president reiterated that the Western style of democracy failed in Africa because it did not take into account the views of the majority of the people.

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He described Western Liberal Democracy as a “government of a few people over all the people or population”.

”These few people are representatives of only some of the people and not full representatives of all the people.

“Invariably, majority of the people were wittingly or unwittingly kept out. This is why we should have ‘Afro Democracy’ in place of Western Liberal Democracy.”

Obasanjo said, African countries have no business operating a system of government in which they have no hands in its definition and design.

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

“Once you move from all the people to representatives of the people, you start to encounter troubles and problems.

“For those who define it as the rule of the majority, should the minority be ignored, neglected, and excluded?

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

Mr Obasanjo explained that the essence of any system of government should be the welfare and well-being of the people.

“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.


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