Why Military Interventions in Govts Appeal to Africa's Youth

Most young people in Africa support military interventions when democratically elected leaders fail to meet their promises, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has said.

West African nations like Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali have experienced military coups, with military leaders often gaining popular support. 

Speaking at the State of Democracy in Africa Summit in Abuja, Walker described inequality as the enemy of democracy and called on West Africans to reaffirm their commitment to peaceful, participatory democracy that respects people's rights and voices.

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, also at the summit, said that there is a need for African countries to prioritize solutions tailored to the unique socio-political and cultural context of the continent to strengthen democracy in the region. Obasanjo said the current democratic scene in the region seems to be an "oscillating success, riddled with troubling resurgence of military coups and democratic governance often interspersed with authoritarian rule", and is further worsened by external pressures from Western, Russian, and Chinese interests.

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Members of the Burkinabe honor guard (file photo).

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