Greedy Leaders are Africa's Problem
Monday, December 06, 2010
African leaders should try to be contented. Many of our leaders are so power hungry that they never want to relinquish it. These leaders have little respect for their people. Why should they allow to be disgraced, rejected and subjected to negligence, when they should be respected and recognized? Are we not taking lessons from the other parts of the world where when incumbent leaders are defeated respectfully marched out from office and allow their successors to honorably get in? In Africa this is really the opposite.
A case in point is the present situation in Ivory Coast, which is really pathetic. Sometimes we blame the colonialists or colonialism for our present predicaments.
Needless to say it is high time for us to blame ourselves. Africans allow men who are drunk with greed and self seekers to get to the helm of affairs just to perpetuate themselves in power at all cost. Such leaders are those who refuse to concede defeat which always results in unnecessary killings and damage to property.
Violence can never solve a problem but only aggravates it. I hope the United Nations, African Union, and ECOWAS should be as strong as FIFA. They should be responsive to international political issues as FIFA is to international football administration. When it comes to decision making, FIFA acts very adamantly. It is sad to notice that AU member states are always at different wave lengths in decision making. They are really very inconsistent in handling issues between states and their people
African leaders should take necessary steps and find lasting solutions to put aside violence in order to have stabilized nations which are going to form a strong United States of Africa.
It’s sometimes disgusting when one takes a critically look at the behaviors of some African leaders and their attitudes towards human rights; it is so callous that one cannot even imagine whether they have human heart chambered in their chest and human blood in their veins.
An ugly scene has been created in Ivory Coast despite the independent electoral commission’s declaration of the opposition Alasan Oauttara winner of the election. Why can’t Gbagbo agree and move out in a gentlemanly manner and gain respect. Then his name would be written in the good and memorable books of the world. He has really lost his credibility. How many people have already lost their lives and how many will be loosing their lives as he insists to cling on to power. Gbagbo really is not a legitimate leader. It’s really sad to realize that all the sea, land and all borders are still closed, restricting the movement of people and goods. This is imprisonment by ambush. It’s high time for us as Africans to come out in our numbers to defame greedy and egocentric leaders like Gbagbo and his likes rather than waiting for Europe to come and do so.
How can he accuse the opposition for election fraud when he was the incumbent president at the time of the presidential election? This is really ridiculous.
Laurent Gbagbo’s arrogance, greed and selfish behavior prompted him to disrespect the commission’s verdicts.
Down with Gbafbo’s administrations the public enemy.
Author: Bakary Aba Sanneh