The Libyan Case: Madness or Greed?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The events that are unfolding in Libya are just unfortunate. Six months ago when the uprising began, The Daily News opinied that it was about time African leaders stop behaving like opportunists and a greedy bunch.
Looking at the events as they unfold, one cannot but say it’s a sheer madness and greed of the leadership of this great country on African continent.
Here is a leader who took power forcefully from an uncle in 1969, and ruled for four decades. Now the people most of whom were born during regime or a little before, turn around and say enough is enough. Yet the man who is power drunk cannot just step down and give peace a chance. This is just indeed sheer madness and greed.
It is about time our leaders learn lessons from their peers. The war in Ivory Coast was about leadership. It cost that country lots of lives and property.
The war in Liberia also cost that nations lots of life and property. The list can go on of such insensible wars that have reduced us to nothing. Africa is poor mainly due to the unnecessary wars, where a lot of our human and material resources are being wasted.
No sensible person can believe that someone can lead a country for four decades and yet not willing to honorably leave that office.
After two decades of leadership, a good leader should be able to groom a successor. Not say hand pick one, but someone that people can say years after him X could be our leader.
Unfortunately what we are seeing in the current generation of African leaders is the opposite. Instead, they would like to groom their own children to take over the mantle of leadership. Is that not unconceivable in modern times?
Look what Gadhafi’s children are up to. For the past six months it’s the children who are on the fore front of governance. Many of our leaders are turning their states into monarchy type of governance.
It could be recalled that here in The Gambia some people took it upon them to call for a kingship. Others were calling for a no elections. These are things that are so unprogressive and undemocratic that one cannot imagine could emerge in a modern country like ours and other places.
The Libyan leader might have some lofty ideas for Libya and Africa as a whole, but the fact that he has been in power for four decades and could not finish some of those ideas, he should just honorably leave office. Why it is that someone who thinks so big for his country would allow thousands of citizens to just perish like that?
When the revolution began this was the man who said he will go from house to house and kill the rats. And a few days ago his son Saif al-Islam also repeated the same words. He refers to the rebels as rats.
Fierce fighting erupted around Moammar Gadhafi’s main military compound in Tripoli on Tuesday, hours after the Libyan leader’s son and heir apparent turned up free to thwart Libyan rebel claims he had been captured and rally supporters.
The surprise appearance of Saif al-Islam energised the regime’s loyalists and underlined the potential for Gadhafi, whose whereabouts remain unknown, to strike back even as his grip on power seem to be slipping fast.
Street battles between pro-Gadhafi troops and rebels were reported in several parts of the city, and the mood turned from one of euphoria to confusion and fear a day after opposition fighters swept into the capital with relative ease, claiming to have controlled most of it.
The situation in Libya these days is something no peace loving person would like to see. Who is responsible for the destructions and the general disturbance of the peace? The answer is definitely Moammar Gadhafi and nobody else. He has over stayed. Libya is not a personal property of his, nor are the Libyans his property.
The uprising in the Arab world and even in some parts of Africa is no doubt motivated by over stay in office by sitting presidents.
A presidential term limit is the solution to such madness in Africa and the Arab world.
Let’s take the few African states that have presidential term limit; the likes of Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Liberia just to name a few. There is relative peace in these countries.