Has you ever asked yourself the question as to why African leaders like to stick to power?
It is a normal thing for African leaders to stay in power for life. There are only a few exceptions. And in some cases, they only leave because they are forced to do so.
This is an issue Africans need to put more and more on their discussion agenda. It is imperative that we put an end to this eternalization of people in power.
So how do we explain that once a black man gets to power, he never wants to leave to make way for others?
Let me start the discussion by advancing my own points.
- Lack of educated minds: Someone with an educated mind knows and accepts that they are not the only person in their community. They know we share the earth with others who also have a right to be here. We do not have to be selfish or greedy. We have to have a spirit of sharing. The selfish instinct in most African leaders is very strong to the point of greed. Many African leaders are greedy. They don’t want to share power.
- Power is sweet. Power is sweet and once somebody tastes it, it becomes hard to give it up unless there is real serious pressure to step down.
- Weak constitutions. The constitutions of African countries are generally weak and give room for manipulation. The leaders change them at will to legitimize their long stay in power.
- Weak institutions Governing institutions like the Parliament, the Senate and the judiciary. are and not free and are manipulated.
- Unscrupulous leaders: Many African leaders are unscrupulous. They don’t listen to their consciences.
- Fear: Many African leaders are ruled by fear of the unknown. What will happen when they leave power? They could be jailed for all the atrocities they committed while in office.
- Western Masters: At times, the Western masters want a particular person to continue in power to facilitate things for them.
These are the points I have. Please, keep the ball rolling. Give your comment or add to the points advanced here.