The Moment (London)

Nigeria: Military Coups, The Burden of African

analysis

THE recent coup d'etat in Mali led by junior military officers, few weeks to the country's general election is not a welcome development and without mincing words uncalled for.

This is because the junta in that country has truncated democracy. Whatever mistake in governance in any democratic structure should be corrected by offering appropriate advice and not through barrels of the gun, which at the end will lead to a country's destruction politically.

The issue of the Zombie way na one way according to a popular musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti should be forgotten and matters relating to administration be looked into accordingly. The military, that is, khaki boys should continue to protect any country against external aggression.

What spokesman of the newly formed National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of the State (CNRDR), Lieutenant Amadou Konare failed to realise was that military coup cannot help any country politically or otherwise.

He would have offered advice that will proffer solution for the improvement of the political system of Mali with a population of about ten million five hundred people.

Following the irrelevant and uncalled for coup in Mali, there have been strong condemnations by the member countries of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) including some western countries.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, (GCFR) condemned the coup in its entirety. I think and believe the election scheduled to take place in Mali should be conducted urgently without the khaki boys participating for the country to go back to democracy with speed and alacrity.

The coup was really not necessary and Captain Amadou Sanago should make hey while the sunshines, that is, return the country to democracy. There should be no need for him to sponsor any one to the exalted office.

We have seen where past military heads of state in Africa countries go on official duty with a civilian who they want to hand over to, that is trying to tell the people of the country "this is the man", such people never ended well because it was not the popular wish of the people.

Importantly, no military has business in the political administration of any country. They are supposed to curb external or internal aggression subject to approval of the country's National Assembly (law makers) and ratification of the president.

Whatever the case may be, the junta should listen to the voice of the people as already demonstrated and restore democracy. The reason given for the coup is not tenable at all. This is because it was just only a few weeks to the general election in Mali. It appears the junta in Mali has a "secret or hidden agenda", which at the end will not bring prosperity to the Malians.

The junta in Mali and other African countries should remain in their barracks and see themselves as strong defenders of democratic structures and not to destroy on selfish grounds. To this end therefore, the military of any country should see themselves as subordinate to democratic structures.

As a result, they should always obtain instructions from whoever that is the president and not to go beyond. The army must always defend democratic regimes, and not strangulate it based on greed and selfishness.

The soldiers should see themselves as defenders of democratic structure and not destroyers of same. Military involvement in politics has never helped any country it is always doom when the khaki boys cease power.

We have seen where it leads to war and the people of such country suffer a lot. I pray it will not be so for the Malians. The military should return power to President Amadou Toumani Toure so that a future election could be organized.

Mali is bordered by Senegal, Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivore and Guinea was formerly the French Sudan, and best known for its ancient kingdoms and empires. Controlling the rich trans-Saharan trade in gold and slaves, kingdoms such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai achieved prosperity and cultural advancement.

During the period of colonialism, however, the French imposed an economic dependence on cash crops that left the country vulnerable to drought and the vagaries of the world market. Since independence, successive governments have attempted development strategies ranging from Marxist state-led development to market-oriented liberation.

However, the structural weakness of the country's overwhelmingly structural weakness of its agricultural economy has left Mali one of the poorest countries in the world. It remains to be seen whether this investment will bring renewed prosperity to modern Mali, whose history is surely one of the richest in Africa.

The country got its name from the great Muslim empire of the Malinke people, which flourished in this region in the 13th and 14th centuries. Today, Mali is a country where people make their living from farming or herding of cattle.

Finally, the coup is condemnable, as it is despicable and regrettable. We should think of making African countries, United States of Africa (USA). Again, if we continue with military coups, things will continue to fall apart and the centre can no longer hold. It is appropriate to say that military government is no longer fashionable all over the world.

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