By Olatunji Idowu.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has challenged African nations to earnestly examine Western democracy with a view to identifying the shortcomings and redesigning the system to capture the continent’s peculiarities.
Chief Obasanjo gave the charge in Abeokuta at a forum tagged “Consultation on Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa” attended by prominent political leaders and academics.
The former president maintained that the Western style of democracy had failed in Africa for not considering the views of the majority of the people and suggested that Afro Democracy’ should be adopted in place of Western Liberal Democracy.
He pointed out that the weakness and failure of liberal democracy as being practised stemmed from the history, content and context, hence the need for African nations to ensure clinical review of what he described as a system of government that was “forced” on the continent.
In separate remarks, former Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State while acknowledging that liberal democracy in Africa was confronted with many challenges said democracy must facilitate the delivery of development outcomes to the people.
Another Speaker and Political Analyst from the University of Lagos, Professor Solomon Akinboye expressed optimism that investing in Afro-democracy would help to sustain cultural democracy in Africa and enhance the welfare of citizens.