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Democracy in Africa is losing its legitimacy – Peter Toobu

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The Member of Parliament for Wa West and retired police officer, Peter Toobu, has noted with concern that the frequent coups on the African continent with massive support from the grassroots are an indication that democracy in Africa is losing its legitimacy.

He said the era of coup d’etats is becoming rampant on the continent because governments have failed the masses with poor governance, plugging many into extreme poverty in the midst of valuable resources.

According to Mr. Toobu, many African countries have reduced democracy to elections, and after elections, nothing serious happens regarding development.

“We put all our money into winning elections and do nothing until the next election. We get money from the same people and give a little of it back to them for votes. If you continue to do that and the nation is not developing, we are going to get a situation like what is happening in Gabon, an oil and cocoa-rich country driven by poverty,” he bemoaned.

So we need to talk about good governance, good leadership, and our commitment to our various nations if we are to develop the spirit of patriotism, and above all, let’s move away from mediocrity because sometimes you hear people defending the indefensible because of party interest,” the retired police officer added.

This, he noted, is injecting poison into the state, and gradually we will all be consumed if care is not taken.

He revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio`s Daybreak Upper East show regarding the military takeovers of government on the continent, with Gabon being the current one after Niger, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, among others.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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