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Breaking the Africans’ bondage

By Nimi Princewill.   |   18 May 2017   |   1:12 am


Sir: “Indifference” best describes the willpower of a great portion of Africans who desire, yet slumber on their bid to untie the leash strapped on them by tyrant/under-performing leaders (most of which have overstayed their welcome with scanty and counterproductive ideas, but just wouldn’t leave), as well as the fraudulent tactics of some extortionist preachers who likewise their political counterparts, operate in a similar fashion of having the people naively fixated on their manipulative fairy tales.

As we witness a fluctuating level of progress in Africa despite our overzealous religious commitments, it appears religion hasn’t done us much good. Neither have our leaders! If Africans can shorten the exhaustive prayers and begin to think a bit more passionately, we could be halfway into crossing the parted red sea.

Most African leaders, seem to be inflicted with a strange syndrome of clinging uncompromisingly to power. Not necessarily because of their supposed ‘exclusive expertise’ in fixing their country’s economy, but rather, a sheer display of greed which fuels their unrelenting ambition for continuous political relevance, occasioned by that strange syndrome.

Any African ruler who has tarried in office for over two decades, yet the bulk of his people still live below the poverty line, deserves to step aside regardless of his continuous fictional plans on paper, and allow someone else take up the opportunity of either succeeding or failing on the job! Democracy feels a little awkward in Africa:

Robert Mugabe: 93 years old Zimbabwean president. Been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence (almost four decades) and intends to re-contest in 2018!
Paul Biya: 84 years old Cameroonian president for the past 35 years!
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo: 74 years old resident of Equatorial Guinea for 38 years!
Yoweri Museveni: 72 years old president of Uganda for 31years!
Omar al-Bashir: 73 years old president of Sudan for 28 years!
Isaias Afwerki: 71 years old president of Eritrea since independence in 1993!
Paul Kagame: 17 years as president of Rwanda, with no intention of quitting anytime soon!

The above listed are a select few from a longer list of African leaders who are yet to consider anyone else fit for their ‘democratic’ thrones, despite spending an incredible number of years in power. Africans desire a breath of fresh air, but may continue to be strangulated, until we unanimously decide to pump more determination into our deflated willpower to confront the powers that be!
Nimi Princewill.


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