Democracy is not working in Africa (2)

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What are the options for the african nations? Is there a way out? Who is to blame? Democracy or autocracy?

Over and over again, it has been shown through history that change doesn’t come easily, change doesn’t just happen, it is forced, it is imposed by those wanting it. Unfortunately,in africa, the majority of people wants change, but they don’t want to fight for it, they want change without any sacrifice.

Thinking about it, i come to the conclusion that, the african leaders do not accept and respect the will of their people because deep down in their hearts they believe that they can hijack the will of their people, and get away with it. The african leaders do what they do because they know that their people do not know that they have rights, and they also know that their people don’t have the strong will to fight any form of injustice.

Let’s talk a little bit about elections in africa. Are they free & fair? More than 50% of the elections held in Africa are not free and fair, most of the elections are full of irregularities, and rigged way before their scheduled days. Only in Africa elections results are known before the ballots are casted and nobody lifts a finger to challenge the wrong doing.

Where are the so called African Human Rights Advocacy Groups? Where are the Civil Rights Groups? Where are the civil Societies? Where are the Non- Governmental Organizations? Are they really there to help? to fight for the little people? are they really there to be the voices of the voiceless or to allow themselves to be used by the governments to the detriment of the masses?

I can go on and on and on, but to make it short, i would like to close with this important reminder: what people tend to forget is that freedom doesn’t come easily, it has a price and throughout history, people buy freedom with their sweat, blood and by laying down their lives so that others can live in peace and the value of freedom is measured by that.

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    Dec 21, 2010 @ 16:09:35

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  2. Mathew Garba
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:24:09

    There is no mincing words that our leaders in Africa are not practising democracy but rather democracy and autocracy.They don’t want to relinguish power even if the fail elections.

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  3. YAHAYA ABUBAKAR KARFI,MALUMFASHI.
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:41:39

    That is the real true halima,i believe if african people can rise up to challenge injustice,election rigging and corruption,africa will be the best place to live in the whole world,and with the people like u halima,change will surely come very soon,because u have been enlightening and encouraging people to know their right and fight for it,more greese to your elbow!

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  4. Sani Ahmed Sasa
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:44:27

    In my own opinion all that you have said, is true,but the problems with the populace of africa, is they dont have awareness,they mostly cannot differentiate between their right and previllege,so you see they need orientations and re-orientations.I think you the PRESS need to adjust to use local dilate in the enlightment of the people about their right more especially when its come to election processes visa vis voting right and to be voted for.

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  5. hussein suleiman A
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:47:42

    THANK YOU FOR CREATING THIS BLOG. BECAUSE IT WILL HELP US POST OUR OWN OPINIONS. MORE GREECE TO YOUR ELBOWS.

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  6. CAPITAL YES!!
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 13:58:31

    yes, in fact Africa has a failed Democracy because leader has a sit-tight sydrome: Democracy has turn 2 Feudalism 2 Kingship and CORRUPTION is its highest ebb.I am from Nigeria & from my perusal of almost 11yrs of DEMOCRACY in Nigeria i came into the conclution that: The 3 tiers of 2days NIGERIAN DEMOCRATIC GOV’T must have a new sobriquet by me:1. FROM EXECUTIVE 2 EXECUTHIEVES. 2. FROM LEGISLATURE 2 LEGISLATHIEVES. 3. FROM JUDICIARY 2 JUDICIATHIEVES. Th4 Democracy in African is a MOCRY.MY case study with NIGERIA IS A SHAME.

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  7. Magaji Galadima
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 14:02:38

    Quite insightful, you just beat me to it Halima, I have been toying with the idea of writing a piece on this. The Europeans developed this democracy from Greek influences and have had hundreds of years to improve upon this system of government, contrary to the nations of Africa who have only enjoyed freedom from their colonial masters over the last 50-plus years.

    Africa needs a think tank comprised of “the best minds” that can develop a form of democracy that speaks uniquely to the African experience, considering what’s in the best interest of the country, considering tribalism and inclusive of advice from traditional elders. In tribal tradition, when one of the “sons” of the tribe is running for office, it is expected that most members of the tribe will support him.

    As this western-style democracy pits tribe against tribe, there are forces at work dividing the Nations of Africa: The North Africans (Arabs) against the Sub Saharan Africans (Blacks). As Africa fights, America and France are planning to build military bases on African soil. Africa is struggling to maintain its freedom and self determination, allowing military bases will erode this freedom.

    America is the number one trading partner with Africa and Europe is not far behind. However, they no longer have an exclusive on Africa’s natural resources. The new scramble for Africa now includes China. The wealth that Africa is receiving from the sale of oil and other natural resources to the East and West should be used to further develop its infrastructure, improve education, strengthen the economy and create jobs so young people of Africa will not feel the need to flee the continent looking for greener pastures in the West.

    All across Africa, African leaders seeking to be elected are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fund these multi-party elections patterned after western style democracy, a path that Africa should not and must not follow. Thanks

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  8. Tijjani Sani Ahmed
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 14:05:58

    Mallama Halima I’m so much in love with your fire-brand consciousness on issues that re related to Africa and the sit -tight, coconut headed leaders that doesn’t ve the masses at heart.. When shall this much anticipated change come? The big question is who is ready 2 start this costly task, when alot of people doesn’t know what ”Right” is, talk less of Whether they ve it or not. Its high time we should put hands on deck to conscientise the down troden, let them ve voice to fight the injustice that doesn’t spare religion, race,and social status. Thanks a stay blessed.

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  9. Mohammed Mai Modu Goniri
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 14:31:37

    I will like to say something about the question, DEMOCRACY or AUTOCRACY under the above topic, DEMOCRACY IS NOT WORKING IN AFRICA.

    I am a Nigerian therefore my view is limited to Nigeria.

    The problems we are facing today is not created by the Nigerian leaders alone, we the common Men are also massively contributing to its collapsing state.

    There is no question about the Leaders being corrupt that is a fact. The so called leaders have gone far that no amount of sermon can make them think otherwise. No leader could enjoy power without the common Men, we the common Men Elected them into the Offices that they are now busy enriching themselves.

    We have few good leader who are ready to serve, but were not given the opportunity.
    I know a good leader who tried to restore the country’s discipling, security, Agriculture e.t.c, but was not given the chance. Let us make good use of our votes by Electing those who are willing to serve us better.

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  10. Lawal Isa K/Sauri
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 14:51:43

    Well Halima I think the issue is not that people of Africa doesnt want to sacrifice their lives in defence of democracy. I think Africans have been disappointed by democracy. Africans have come to see democracy as a wasteful form of governance because their economies cannot sustain it. I think there is need for a rethink on this western imposed form of democracy. We need to develop our oun form of governance that is in tune with our culture; the one that is sustainable. Its a good effort on your part to open this forum. Thanks.

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  11. auwal adamu keegan jos
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 15:09:32

    MAY THE ALMIGHTY HELP & GUIDE YOU ON THIS IMPORTANT GLOBAL DEMON CALLED “DEMO……….ANYTHING” SOMEONE CAN THINK OF.
    2.I HATE TO HEAR OF THE WORD AND I WISH THAT IT DOES NOT EXIST IN THE OXFORD,ENCYCLOPEDIA OR EVEN THE SEARCH ENGINE OF GOOGLE MACHINE.
    3.MY ANSWER IS SIMPLY 2THIS…” WE IN THE PLATEAU STATE OF NIGERIA DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS CALLED “DEMOCRACY” OF WHICH BY IT’S FULL MEANING IS A “SIMPLE WAY OF LIFE OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE” BUT FOR US HUMAN BEINGS LIVING IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD IT IS….”KILLING OF THE PEOPLE FOR SOME PEOPLE BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SOME PEOPLE”

    …………TO BE CONTINUED LATER………..

    “AUWAL ADAMU KEEGAN JOS-NIGERIA”

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  12. Ahmad Muhammad Tangaza
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 17:40:07

    In a democratic setting, every facet (the leaders and the lead) has its powers and limitations. The leaders, especially in Africa will always exercise their powers, even beyond the limit of the constitution if given the opportunity. That’s is when/where the leads’ role come to play; they “buy freedom with their sweat, blood and by laying down their lives so that others can live in peace” in Halima’s words. In other words, we (the lead) must be ready to defend the constitution or change the constitution (as the case may be), even if it is by sacrificing things very dear to us. I believe it has got that level at the moment, especially in my country Nigeria. But if we are not ready to make such sacrifice, then we better stop grumbling and accept our situations as they come.

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  13. Ismail Isa Kumo
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 23:54:30

    Halima, you have raised fundamental issues on factors militating against positue change in Africa, but there are so many factors that are responsible for the general attitude of the common man in Africa to be behaving the way he is behaving now such as:- a) the african people were colonised with the objective of perpetual exploitation of their human and material resources, no any continent of the world was subjected to this type of exploitation. b) when the colonialists were leaving they made sure that the

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  14. Bashir Isah Jere
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 00:22:02

    A very big thanks and compliments to you,Hajiya Halima.This is exactly what has been disturbing my peace,anytime I think of this ugly and ill situation that has been distroying the peace and development of African nations,I feel like crying why because my fellow African brothers and sisters doesn’t know their rights.If at all they know,all these corruption,bad governance, election rigging,decay in infrastracture,poor education system,epilaptic power supply,kidnapping and armed rubbery will not happen.All these and more are the problems we are facing in my country Nigeria.Another thing is the issue of ballot box snatchig,multiple thumb printing,thuggry and political killings,all these happens because of the sit tight in power which leed to massive looting of the treasury that resulted in underdevelopment and suffering in African continent more especially Nigeria.WE NEED CHANGE,LETS ABBANDON PDP AND TRY ANOTHER PARTY.

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  15. Abdullahi yusif
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 00:45:20

    Do u think we hv leaders in Africa?NO CAPITAL NO.

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  16. Abdullahi yusif
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 00:50:01

    We are in red sea not africa,fire in d mountain round round round Africa,cote devoa is on real fire.

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  17. Aliyu Hassan s.
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 05:49:51

    But it can work…take South Africa n Ghana… all we need are more people like u…remember d role u played on Tandja’s tazarce?

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