The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

I know we still have a few great stories to tell.

However, in my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

We are the eighth wonder of the world.

Young people must help to bring young people to power and they must discard this  USELESS unitary (military) system of government ASAP!

Nigeria: The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

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By Adeola Aderounmu

Nigeria is not suffering from some kind of undiagnosed kwashiorkor. Not at all. Our major problem is that we are running a useless form of government called the unitary system. The major symptoms are massive and uncontrollable corruption everywhere in the country, stunted growth and impaired development  since 1966 or thereabout.

Yet, in 2019 several millions of Nigeria will head to the polls in what has turned out to be a quadrennial ritual characterised by total waste of time, energy and resources for the once prosperous country and former giant of Africa. In 1999 the country boasted of a return to democracy but as it had turned out to be an outright scam. It was an army arrangement, a continuum for the tragic legacies of the tyrants that percolade the country till today.

Nigerian politics and the shame that the military juntas and the politicians have brought to Nigeria is one of the most tragic events of modern era. In my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

If you want to have a 5 minute course to understanding how bad the fall of Nigeria is, go and listen to the adress made by Akufo-Addo the president of Ghana at Oxford. Don’t look yet for the strides that Ethiopian airlines just made or how beautiful Kigali is becoming.

It is not all of Nigeria that fell, the citizens of Nigeria are still amongst the best scholars in the world. We are frontliners in any field of endeavour or profession. Nigerians remain creative and are among the greatest problem-solvers on the global scene.

What is the not adding up at home in the country itself is how the control of the economic resources and the political space ended up in the hands of political criminals and people with amazingly zero understanding of the meaning of public service and zero percent willingness to replace a non-functional system with a vibrant and functional one.

The problems in Nigeria are now complicated and most certainly hydra-headed as substantial parts of the country are now controlled by terrorists, herdsmen, bandits and militants. We invent new geographically suited terms everyday to suit our ineptitudes.

To make these anomalies worse we now have dominancy of mixed generations of old and young people who don’t know that the world has moved on and whose orientations about the meaning and value of life are extremely worrisome.

The roles of the tyrants who presided over Nigeria at different times in creating some or all of these troubles with Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. It is heartbreaking that those who contributed immensely to the problems of Nigeria are still taking up the spaces in real life and on the web especially the social media.

For example, the constitution of Nigeria is based on military rule and does not support regional growth and development. The tyrants who supervised the introduction of the unitary governments did so for their personal gains and invariably when Nigerians thought that they left in 1999, they found a way back through the emergence of one of their own Olusegun Obasanjo.

General Obasanjo, a former tyrant and dictator, had earlier opposed the entronement of a democratically elected president-in-waiting,  MKO Abiola. The military juntas supervised the murder of Abiola and his wife Kudirat. If Nigerians had a collective sense of responsibility, they should have revolted to ensure that the June 12 1993 mandate was not wasted. But Nigerians are divided.

The fact is that Nigeria is existing since 1966 as a creation of the military. They brought the idea of immunity clause in the constitution because they do not want to be probed as they steal and loot the Nigerian treasury. They also knew beforehand that they would be in power whichever way. It was a soft landing of sort. Head or tail, they won/are still winning.  The immunity clause was a perfect umbrella for criminals. It works even till today.

Above all, the military had no plan to leave power and despite that fact that Obasanjo transferred power to a civilian in 1979, at least three spatial events showed the greed in his camp. One was the shambolic elections he oversaw. It was a disgrace to call that a democratic process. Two was the manner in which one of his men Mohammadu Buhari easily came to power in december 1983 and thirdly was his support for military government in the aftermath of the 1993 elections.

The tyrants imposed very unpleasant and bad legacies on Nigeria. Sadly too, under the pseudo-democratic arrangement in Nigeria since 1999, Nigeria remains directly or indirectly under the spell of the military.

For instance General Abdulsalami facilitated the emergence of Obasanjo in 1999. It was supposed to appease the SW but at that time the people were just fed up with the juntas and any Dick or Jane could have suffix. Then Obasanjo facilitated the victory of Umaru Yar Adua in 2007. He was part of the facilitating group for Jonathan in 2011. In 2015 Tinubu worked closely with Obasanjo to facilitate the return of a former tyrant Mohammadu Buhari.

Today Nigeria remains in ruins partly because of all these nonsense which the late Afro king Fela popularly called army arrangements. Stunted growth, unemployment, lack of electricity, a shameful parade of public education, lack of health care amplified by the regular,  disgraceful trip of Mohammadu Buhari to London for treatment, insecurity and a complete lack of sense of common belonging are all elements of the failed unitary system.

The military created states for the useless unitary system of government that they formulated even with the knowledge that the states are going to become parasites for the oil-producing states and the economy capital Lagos.

In the 1980s, it was Babangida who blew up the mechanism of corruption in Nigeria even if it had been promoted since the 1970s when Gowon mismanaged the oil boom and refused to plan for the future. He can boast of Festac but Nigeria  could afford 10 000 times more of Festac. Former Lagos governor, Mr. Jakande showed the world what Nigeria could have been with the little time he had and all the housing estates and schools he built in 4 years!

For all the monies that disappeared under the tyrants and their civilian accomplices, no prosecutions were made. In the past when the population of Nigeria was far less than 100 million, these bad rulers made zero plan for the future. There were no infrastructure development and no maintenance for the existing ones.

The saddest part was that the military had no will to return to the regional government that promoted healthy competition that led to growth and development in various parts of Nigeria prior to the 1966 coups. Today the Nigerian politicians are acting foolish. Since 1979, no one of them had been sensible enough to speak out or even lay down his/her life for a good cause.  There are young people today willing to pay such prices and only time will tell.

The reason the quadrinneal elections are useless is because Nigerian politicians have lost their senses. They have turned electoral posts to money making mechanisms. They are happy dancing to the tunes of the military through the nonsense constitution they are following. It puts money in their pockets and it sends their children to school abroad. It makes me a wailer and it builds and buy them houses around the world. The only problem is that it does not give them everlasting life, yet they don’t get it.

Listen to them, hear them and you will see that their mentalities are poor and deformed! The only way to bring back their senses is to close down Abuja and keep only the prime minister/president there. The other possibility is for the judiciary to set itself free and send all of them to prisons to reduce crimes connected to politics especially assasinations because the winner still takes it all.

It is imperative for ordinary Nigerians to get this message so they can understand why Nigeria is not working and why it will never work. It is only working for the handful that seize power and control the resources including monetary earnings of politicians arguably the highest in the world for doing nothing!

Then some politicians spread some of the monies to their hangers-on. Then some new people get the contracts and connections here and there. But that is not the definition of a country and these pockets of opportunists do not define success but criminalities. We must create a system that promotes equal rights for all. We must find a constitution that gives us a level playing field no matter who you are.

The civilian politicians since 1999 have become comfortable with the army arrangements. You will never find a higher level of selfishness anywhere else in the world.

Those who understand this cycle of idiocy are few and almost voiceless making our tasks of educating Nigerians huge. After more than 50 years of misrule, several millions of Nigerians have become disorientated, lacking the ability of independent thinking.

Some Intelligent people have become part of this social irresponsibility and are participating in this politics of chop and quence. Some good people have been kept quiet and many have been killed. We don’t know who amongst us will be next. The level of insecurity in Nigeria today is the worst since the end of the civil war. Many are afraid of death and are passive.

Nigeria has fallen from grace and the world is laughing at us. Common electricity we cannot produce and distribute. Many of us have lost our dignities because of the abnormalities that have become norms.

Young people and even the old have been set up against one another in real life and on the social media. This is where the army arrangement has taken us. We are not thiking straight. In Nigeria, we cannot even count the votes we cast. They never tally! We are the lowest we could ever imagine and we are not ashamed!

We have become the eighth wonder of the world.

The tyrants of Nigeria that include a long list including but not limited to Gowon, Babangida, Abdulsalami, Obasanjo and Buhari together with civilian accomplices that include our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters have left devastating legacies in Nigeria.

That is why even in their old ages, at 80-something, they do not realise that they needed to take a bow and let the young people take care of their (own) future. They have mis-spent the time that passed and don’t know how to call it a day.

Both Buhari and Obasanjo truncated Nigeria’s democratic processes at different times thereby not allowing our democracy (albeit imperfect) to develop or correct itself. They totally destroyed the judiciary and it never recovered! Both men don’t deserve our attentions.

They think Nigeria cannot do without them. This is exactly what they wanted and they got us where they want us. They succeeded big time because even under a so called democratic dispensation, they are still the ones calling the shots. Think again! They never left!

This is what we must break away from in the future if a true election (ever) comes. It is left for the young people of Nigeria to wake one another up from their deep slumber and smell the coffee. The world left Nigeria behind a long time ago.

Young people, brace yourself up and talk about the type of country you want to live and die in/for. Talk about how you want your children and children’s children to have it. It is time to bring young people to power and your second struggle is to discard the useless unitary system of government.

 

My name is Adeola and l’ve been running this blog since 2006.

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Publisher Wanted For “A Mother’s Agony”

We could still have been happy just having each other and the children. She spoke out her thought as if Giorgio sat in the car with her. It was just an illusion. She wept unconsolably.

By Adeola Aderounmu

I have just finished writing the manuscript to my third book. The first and second book l published and sold myself.

The second one THE MADRILENIAN was also launched in Sweden and Nigeria before they went on sales.

I am going to take my time before releasing the new (third) book. This is because l am working on translating it to Swedish to meet the local language demand.

The manuscript needs proof reading and grammar corrections.

The story is set in Italy. It is about a family that has a history of mafia in its bloodlines. It focuses on the generation that gave up the mafia activities and instead became bank robbers.

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The family had a history in the construction industry and this helped them to master their acts as bank robbers.

But tragedy struck as one of the mastermind died of cancer and his son has to take over his role in the criminal organisation.

The book is titled A MOTHER’S AGONY because his wife lost him and was helpless in allowing her son take over his role in the organisation.

This book could even be a best-seller for HOLLYWOOD if l get all the professional help in making the adjustments require before publishing.

Here are more quotes from the manuscript:

If there was anything in life that never waited, never stopped for anyone, it would be time. For some people, it went rather too quickly not allowing them to appreciate the beauty of life. For others, time crawled, showing them clearly their weaknesses and pains.

 

There was nothing she could change now that she knows that the best form of happiness is the one created from the perfect integration of work, play, and time spent with family. She wished they had been contented with what they had.

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The royals spent the monies they did not make. The mafioso took the money they did not earn.

 

Nollywood Is Failing Africa In The Appearances of African Women

African women should be proud to wear their natural hairs. They are beautiful just the way they are.

Nollywood Is Failing Africa

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By Adeola Aderounmu

A few weeks ago l watched some films on a Nollywood TV channel. My attention was drawn to the appearances of the women in the various films.

The appearances of Nigerian women in Nollywood films are nothing to write home about. It may have been so before l left home in 2002 but definitely not as rampant as it is now. Regardless, the rise of the use of artificial hairs, now rampant in both real life and in the Nigerian movie industry is highly condemnable.

The almost complete disappearance of the African hairstyles in Nollywood films is extremely disturbing. In the movies l’d seen 100% of the women are wearing imported wigs/hairs. No one wore their natural hair.

It seems that our women are not proud of their natural beauties. This scenario is shameful and tasteless. It is actually also disgusting!

The continent of Africa had been suffering from colonial mentality for more than 500 years. When are we going to revert to our originalities? If not now, then when?

We have been lied to that we are inferior. We have been lied to that we have lower intelligence levels. We have been told that our skin is black and bad. We have been looked down upon and we continue to fight around the world that we are equal to or above other races.

We can leave our political calamities for once as the basis of comparison with other places around the world, though that is also a very difficult thing to do. For our political lives in Africa and how politics have been used to separate and destroy us cannot be overlooked. We are first judged by the outcomes of our political decisions and the implications on our socio-economic situations.

However, it becomes also very disturbing and worrying that we don’t seize the opportunities on other platforms we have to show ourselves in good light. By ourselves, we reduce or destroy our dignities. The appearances of the Nigerian women on Nollywood, are an admittance that African women have lesser dignity than other women around the world. The only way to turn this sad situation around is to reverse the trend, let African women look 100% African.

Nollywwod has the opportunity to showcase the beauty of the African woman but all she is showing is copied version of Hollywood women and copied version of some international celebrities that do not depict the true glory and beauty of Africa.

It is not a good development for Nigeria and definitely not for Africa when we replace our cultures, our traditions, our appearances and our dignities with foreign objects. We’ve lost it.

Nollywood in particular need to do a search within and start a campaign to promote Africa to the tune of 100%. Someone is going to ask what the roles of the government is in Nollywood that would make them do this. O well, Africa belong to all of us and we need to look inward and promote our traditional hairstylists and save billions of dollars that we waste annually on importation of disgusting wigs and dead people’s hairs.

There is a lot Nollywood can do for itself if it starts to act as a promoter of culture and custodian of tradition rather than a neocolonial stooge in the heart of Africa. We should promote our hairstyles and help African women and hairstylists travel round the world to showcase our hairstyles.

The onus is not on the women only. It is on all of us and our perception of beauty. Our men should be involved in promoting the glory of Africa too. They also must appear and dress African in our movies.

Viewers and watchers of the African movie industry have a role to play in appreciating our men and women as they do their best to maintain the African culture and tradition. We cannot condemn them by comparing them to foreign Hollywood stars. We are Africans.

It is Africa that should be exporting her tradition and culture because they are pure and golden. In these tradition and culture lie some hidden wealth of Africa that should be tapped just the same way we are imploring government to tap into both the natural and human resources in order to build a better continent to the envy of the world.

A word is enough for the wise. Let us join hands in various ways to promote these ideas and ideals. Africans in the diaspora also have their own roles to play. Keep your hair natural, keep your looks simple. Don’t change who you are because you are abroad. Be recognisable!

Share this view, spread the concept. Let’s win back our continent and our originalities. Every little way counts!

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2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year In Naija

The truth is always a bitter pill. For as long as we continue to lie, pretend, play to the gallery, hope and follow blindly that the unitary system of government will get us somewhere, these outcomes (pain, anguish, sorrow and disappointments) to different degrees will remain our common denominators.

We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year For Naija

By Adeola Aderounmu

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This is my evaluation of 2017.

The year 2017 turned out to be a very devastating one for several millions of Nigerians.

The sad chapters in the annals of this (should-have-been-great) country got longer.

This country Nigeria was destined for greatness as a conglomeration of regions but it had since 1966 remained trapped in a unitary system of government that is useless and nonsensical. Subsequently the country was sapped into poverty and penury by the lucky bastards in form of tyrants and criminal politicians who are not keen on reverting the country back to regional system of government.

In recent years l have written a number of ”end of year” messages through my blog posts. For this year and for the previous ones, these posts were written with my heart filled with rage and anger. I am still extremely disappointed in how the country continues to go deeper in hopelessness.

Already in the year 2007, that was 10 years ago, l wrote an article titled Christmas in Hell. The article chronicled my experience in Nigeria in 2006. One december day that year l drove early to a gas station to queue for fuel. It was my turn after about 5-6 hours of wriggling through the queue.

I will never forget the experience because as l waited in the car, l was crying uncontrollably. I cried for Nigeria. I cried for the suffering and devastation in the land. I cried for all the ignorant people and even the knowledgeable people who together were suffering, celebrating and smiling.

A few hours to that agonising experience, I’d flown into Lagos from Sweden where l could drive to a gas station, fill my car with fuel and pay by credit card and drive away in zero time. Then l came to a country flowing with oil and other uncountable natural resources and l had to queue for more than 5 precious hours of my life. I cried until there were no tears left to shed.

These types of experiences which have sadly become recurrent in Nigeria, even since 1977, showed that Nigeria is one of the worst places to live in the world. We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

In our country Nigeria, the people have completely lost it. There are no common interests for a national agenda and the political restructuring of the system has not been taken seriously so that prosperity and wellness can be in focus. If we restructure Nigeria today,  perhaps 50 years from now the generation of people that would be called Nigerians can be happy and fulfilled.

Unfortunately, the present Nigerian system continues to promote survival of the fittest. The system thrives as if we are in a rat race. The system runs a manual that ensures that people prosper either through some elements of luck or by connections to the largely corrupt and fraudulent elites and politicians. There are rare rewards for excellence and honesty.

The system breeds hatred in the hearts of men and women. The system ensures that there is a struggle between people in such a way that one group of people under the excuse of the slightest provocation would not hesitate to kill or main the other group. It’s still about the survival of the fittest. There are too many examples of people killing one another instead of negotiating and finding a common solutions to problems.

The effects of more nearly 60 years of bad rulership in Nigeria are too numerous to state.

In fact the present government is full of propaganda and cannot see anything wrong with all its failures and shortcomings. It’s that type of government comprising people who do not see beyond their noses. For, ordinary common sense dictates that the bulk always stop at the door of the person who is assumed responsible for the task (done or undone).

Buhari is the Minister of petroleum resources. He is the ruler of Nigeria. Irrespective of his lines of defenses, the shortage of fuel in 2017 means that the government has failed in performing one of his statutory obligations to the citizens of Nigeria.

But Buhari has been here many times before in his life. He was the Minister of Petroleum in 1977 and Nigeria had fuel shortages then. It remains to be seen if this shortage will lead to increase in the price of petrol per liter in Nigeria.

How long can Nigerians continue to tolerate failures and a system of government that seals more than 100m people to a permanent life of poverty and impoverishment? How long will everybody continue to hope and pray that in a system that is malfunctioning, that some divine intervention will be their hope for a happy life?

It’s complete insanity to hope on divine intervention.

Nigeria is not working and drastic measures need to be taken to turn things around. The most evident sign of failure is that one person cannot steer Nigeria. In how many ways do we want some evidence that this is not going to be possible?

Obsanjo failed, Yar Adua failed, Goodluck Jonathan failed and Buhari has already failed. What other signs do we need to know that we must try something else? That we need back regional government.

Just to ensure that l bring this article to an end, my suggestion is for the young people of this country to come together and wrestle their future and the future of their children and unborn grandchildren from the status quo.

You don’t need PDP or APC in 2019. You need to go back to your regions and harness the best brain to move things forward. Nigerian youths need to throw away all their affiliations to PDP and APC. There is no difference between the two parites. The politicians cross party lines annually because of what they will eat and gain. They have no ideologies to bind them. The people can remain slaves in Nigeria for all the politicians care!

 

There is no future with either the APC or the PDP.

With the numerical advantage on the side of the youth, they need to do something and very quickly too.

2018 will come with new opportunities and new challenges, the young people must unite and wrestle this country from the criminals in power across the country!

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Traumatized Libya

By all means and at all cost, the slave traders of Libya must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

Traumatized Libya

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Libyans are today presenting an image that shows that some of them are the most useless humans on earth in 2017. No other country in the world can compete with Libya as the domain of some of the most complete fools, idiots and silly asses that the wold knows today.

The reason for these qualities are not far fetched.

Some Libyans took advantage of the economic migrants in their domain and sold them as slaves. The internet is awashed with the gruesome images and videos of how Africans are sold as slaves in Libya. It was CNN that probably first reported the news.

It sounded as if Libya is not in Africa. Actually that is one issue that still needs to be addressed. How do North Africans view themselves? I have seen some football matches where North African footballers behave unruly to players and officials from sub-Saharan Africa. I get the impression that they think that they are superior to the rest of us. Foolish thinking!

Libyans are traumatized. They are a people so foolish they killed their former ruler. I am sure they never expected that their lives will be turned upside down as it is today.

How could they be so foolish and ignorant of what was to follow the assassination of their ruler? They stupidly connived with the west and eliminated Gadhaffi.

Since then, their lives have been in turmoil and there has been complate breakdown of law and order.

It is really sad that this is the route that our brothers and sisters from sub-Saharan Africa choose in their quests to reach Europé.

Definitely one cannot exonerate the stupid rulers in sub-Saharan Africa. In general, there is failure of leadership in Africa.

Africans, south of the Equator is a place where men and women ought to be living like Kings, Princes and Queens. This is a part of the world that is blessed with abundant resources and human talents.

Sadly the rulers and politicians in that part of the world are totally crazy. They are the ones who are misruling their people and forcing them to become economic migrants. It is the misrule in sub-Saharan Africa that is serving as the source of the men and women sold as slaves in Libya.

The rulers of sub-Saharan Africa need to borrow themselves some senses and start to rethink how they govern their people. They cannot govern their people and threat them like slaves and expect miracles to happen in Libya or even Europé. They have to stop stealing money at some point and start to think about the people and not themselves!

For now the criminals who sold people as slaves in Libya need to be apprehended and served some very long prison terms. By all means and at all cost, they must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

The governments all around Africa must begin to rethink governance and meeting the needs of the people in their individual countries and allowing treaties that ensure that human rights are not violated across borders. Those slave-dealers of Libya must be used as examples of the importance of the laws in Africa and globally.

For all the errors of judgment that led to the elimination of Gadhaffi and the lawlessness that now pervade in Libya, the world must wake up and the world must ask for the rebuilding of Libya. Libyans are traumatized and they are transferring their traumas and aggressions to dark-skinned Africans. They do not have the permission or right to do so. Again, those who have committed these crimes must be made to face the music squarely.

The rest of Libya deserve our sympathy. Together, they are all not feeling fine. The behaviour that emerged amongst them, though criminal, must also be deep rooted through psychological rebuilding. The people of Libya may be crazy. Definitely they are inhuman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel

Mugabe: När firandet kan vara fel (Previously posted in English language)

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av Adeola Aderounmu

Många observatörer både inom och utanför Afrika tycks ha firat störtandet av Mugabe som Zimbabwes president efter nära fyra årtionden vid makten. En sådan uppfattning är en skarp motsägelse till vad som erhölls på 1970 och 1980 talet då Mugabe agerade som hjälte för Zimbabwes självständighet.

Jag minns min reaktion när Mugabe röstades till makten för den sjätte gången år 2008. Då var han 84 år gammal och jag trodde hans pensionering var väntad, för honom att kunna vila upp sig och njuta av återstoden av sitt liv. Vid det tillfället drog jag slutsatsen att dåliga ledare, oavsett hur bra deras avsikter kan tyckas, är de som vägrar att träna eller handleda sina anhängare att ta sedan över efter dem.

Enligt min mening är Mugabes största misstag att inte ha värnat om ett fåtal unga män och kvinnor som kunde fört Zimbabwe framåt. Han var beredd att styra Zimbabwe fram till sin död, det är den enda förklaringen jag finner för en man som är 93 år gammal och inte pensionerad från offentlig service.

Det råder ingen tvekan om att Mugabe stannade för länge vid makten. Han blandade troligen ihop demokrati med monarki. I en demokrati är överföringen av makt oundviklig. De som kämpade vid sidan av Mugabe för ett självständigt Zimbabwe hade anledning att känna sig förolämpade när det blev uppenbart att Mugabe planerade överföringen av makt till sin fru. Några av dessa personer är nu politiker, om än gamla politiker, och vissa förblev i militären. De har nu säkerställt att makten togs över med våld från Mugabe, i hans gamla och hjälplösa ålder.

När den nuvarande maktstriden är avgjord, har Zimbabwes handläggare en del saker att klargöra och rätta till. Ett exempel är lagen som ger Mugabe makt att avskeda landets vice ordförande som bör återkallas genom lagstiftaren. Andra repressiva lagar i konstitutionen som är kapabla att omvandla revolutionerande, demokratiska ledare till tyranner bör avskaffas.

Zimbabwe och förvisso många andra länder i Afrika behöver granska sina politikers ämbetstider. Zimbabwe till exempel skulle troligen vuxit demokratiskt om det fanns en begränsning på antalet gånger en president kan väljas om. I länder där makten över ämbetstiden gör det till en nästan omöjlig uppgift att ändra makten genom trovärdiga val, blir begränsade mandatperioder ett motgift.

Det finns en allvarlig fara i om den använda metoden att driva bort Mugabe är firad. Användningen av militären för att korrigera politisk anomali borde inte firas eller hyllas någonstans i världen. Det förblir ett recept på våld och inbördeskrig. Det var fel att det militära alternativet var vad som togs till för att köra bort Mugabe och stoppa hans fru från att ta över makten. Valmöjligheten, som använder sig av trovärdiga omröstningar och godtagbara resultat, är alltid den bästa metoden.

Därför måste globala media presentera en balanserad rapport om situationen, oberoende av dess predisposition (kärlek eller hat) mot Mugabe. Det som hänt i Zimbabwe handlar inte bara om personen Mugabe eller hans hunger efter makt utan även om välfärden och välbefinnandet hos folket i Zimbabwe, hemma och utomlands.

Lärdomarna från Zimbabwe borde återigen öppna våra ögon om demokratins brister i vissa delar av världen och dessa lärdomar borde vara behjälpliga för diverse institutioner som främjar av inte bara demokrati men även medborgerliga rättigheter för alla människor globalt.

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Footnote:

Mugabe resigned today 21st of November 2017 after 37 years in power.

Mugabe: A Wrong Type Of Celebration

There is grave danger if the method used to oust Mugabe is celebrated. The use of the military to correct political anomaly should not be celebrated or hailed anywhere in the world.

Mugabe: A Wrong Type Of Celebration

By Adeola Aderounmu

 

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Adeola Aderounmu

Many observers within and outside Africa seem to have celebrated the overthrown of Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe after nearly 4 decades in power. Such a perception is a sharp contradiction to what obtained in the 1970s and 1980s when Mugabe was a hero of Zimbabwean independence.

I remember my reaction when Mugabe was voted to power for the 6th time in 2008. Then, he was 84 years and l thought he should be due for retirement so that he could rest and enjoy the rest of his days. At that moment l concluded that bad leaders, no matter how good their intentions may seem, are those who refused to train or mentor followers to take over from them.

In my opinion, Mugabe’s greatest mistake was not nurturing a few young men and women who could move Zimbabwe forward. He was prepared to rule Zimbabwe until his death and that is the only explanation l found for a man who is 93 years and not retired from public service.

No doubt about it, Mugabe overstayed in power. He probably mistook democracy for monarchy. In a democracy, the transfer of power is inevitable. Those who fought alongside Mugabe for the independence of Zimbabwe have reasons to feel insulted when it became apparent that Mugabe was planning to transfer power to his wife.

Some of these people are now politicians albeit old politicians and some remained in the military. They have now ensured that power was taken by force from Mugabe in his old, helpless ag.

When the current power tussle is settled, the handlers of Zimbabwe have a few things to clarify and rectify. For example, the law that gives  Mugabe the power to sack the Vice President of the country should be revoked through the legislature. Other repressive laws in the constitution that are capable of converting revolutionary, democratic leaders to tyrants should be abolished.

Zimbabwe and indeed many other countries in Africa need to review the tenures of their politicians. Zimbabwe for example, would probably have grown democratically if there was limitation on the number of times a president can seek for re-election. In countries where the power of incumbency makes it an almost impossible task to change power through credible elections, limited terms of office will be an antidote.

There is grave danger if the method used to oust Mugabe is celebrated. The use of the military to correct political anomaly should not be celebrated or hailed anywhere in the world. It remains a recipe for violence and civil war. It was wrong that the military option was what it took to oust Mugabe or stop his wife from taking over power. The electoral option, that which makes use of credible ballot votes and acceptable results, is always the best method.

The global media therefore need to present a balance report of the situations regardless of  its predisposition (love or hate) towards Mugabe. What has happened in Zimbabwe is not just about the person of Mugabe and his hunger for power but also about the welfare and the well-being of the people of Zimbabwe at home and abroad.

The lessons of Zimbabwe should once again opened our eyes to the inadequacies of democracy in certain parts of the world and these lessons should be instrumental to various institutions saddled with the promotion of not just democracy but civil rights of all people globally.

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