Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the military takeover of democratically elected governments in some African countries.
Obasanjo, lamented that military takeover of governments coupled with election fraud, political violence, and instability had crippled the growth of the African continent.
He stated this at the opening session of a high-level dialogue organised by the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa. The two-day event with the theme, ‘West Africa: Rising to the challenges of consolidating democratic governance’, was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Obasanjo said, “In recent years, we have witnessed a return of coup d’état, election fraud and political violence, resulting in instability and threatening the developmental gains we have made in the last couple of decades.
“I feel very sad and it gives me great concern when I see the democratic system we have painfully built collapsing. And I believe that there must be a solution, because the problem is human and all human problems can be solved by human beings. That is why the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, under my chairmanship, and the OOPL have brought all of us together today to discuss pertinent issues affecting governance in West Africa, including the challenges and then to seek the way forward.
“Achieving this may not be easy, but it is a must if we want our nation to make progress; it must entail responsible management of diversity, which makes everyone feel a sense of belonging and be a significant part of the whole.
“We need a stable environment to grow our economies and ensure that countries develop in a sustainable way. Such an all inclusive democratic environment will fast-track the development of our economy and will strengthen our security and promote general progress.”
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