Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has asserted that Western Liberal Democracy was imposed on Africa by colonialists and has not proven to be an effective system of government on the continent.
Obasanjo made these remarks during a keynote address at a high-level consultation on “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa” held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The event attracted distinguished personalities, including former Governors Kayode Fayemi, Sule Lamido, Liyel Imoke, and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as well as former Minister of State for Defence Olusola Obada.
Obasanjo argued that Western-style democracy has failed in Africa because it does not consider the perspectives of the majority of the people.
He characterised Western Liberal Democracy as a system where a few people govern the entire population, but these few individuals only represent some of the people, not the entirety.
Advocating for what he termed “Afro-centred democracy,” Obasanjo called for African countries to adopt a system of government designed and defined by their own hands rather than adhering to a foreign-imposed model.
He emphasized the need to question the efficacy of Western liberal democracy, especially considering its historical context and its performance in the West.
Obasanjo urged a critical examination of the shortcomings of the current system and proposed a shift towards a changed system of government that aligns with African values and experiences.
In his address, Obasanjo invited leaders of thought in academia and experienced political leaders to think innovatively and propose recommendations for a more effective governance system that serves the welfare and well-being of all the people in Africa.
The former President concluded by encouraging a departure from the current system and the exploration of ideas that can bring about meaningful change in governance on the continent.
Source: Channels TV