Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that Western Liberal Democracy has failed in Africa because it was “forced” on the continent.
Obasanjo stated this on Monday, while delivering his keynote address at an high-level consultation on “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa”, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
According to the former president, Western Liberal Democracy will never work as a system of government in Africa because it does not take into account the views of the majority of the people. Obasanjo described Western Liberal Democracy as a “government of a few people over all the people or population, and these few people are representatives of only some of the people and not full representatives of all the people. Invariably, the majority of the people are wittingly or unwittingly kept out.”
He advocated for what he termed as “Afro democracy” in place of Western liberal democracy. According to him, African countries have no business operating a system of government in which they have no hands in its “definition and design”.
Obasanjo said, “The weakness and failure of liberal democracy as it is practised stem from its history, content, context, and practice.
“Once you move from all the people to representatives of the people, you start to encounter troubles and problems. For those who define it as the rule of majority, should the minority be ignored, neglected, and excluded? In short, we have a system of government in which we have no hands to define and design, and we continue with it even when we know that it is not working for us. Those who brought it to us are now questioning the rightness of their invention, its deliverability, and its relevance today without reform.