African leaders to blame for continent’s woes
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – FORMER Nigeria President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has blamed some African leaders for causing instability on the continent by failing to manage diversity in their societies.
He noted outside interference in Africa had been responsible for conflicts, citing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air strikes in
Libya in 2011 that led to the removal from power of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
“The repercussions are now being felt in Mali, Nigeria and the Sahel,” Obasanjo told a press conference on the upcoming Tana High-Level forum on Security in Africa in Ethiopia.
The theme of this year’s Forum is Africa in the Global Security Agenda.
Obasanjo said leaders were failing their people because they had not been able to prevent marginalisation in their societies, prevent injustice, reduce unemployment, reduce poverty, and that they had not embraced democracy and good governance.
He noted that when the African Union was looking for funds to counter the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, member states failed to provide the money.
“The AU eventually had to turn to the private sector and it was able to raise $40 million,” said Obasanjo, who is Chairman of the Tana Forum.
It is a high-level forum on security in Africa.
– CAJ News
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