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Obasanjo Blames African Leaders For Continental Conflicts

Posted: Mar 22, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has blamed some of Africa’s leaders for instability on the continent, because  they have failed to manage diversity in their domains.

Obasanjo, who spoke on the upcoming Tana High-Level forum on Security in Africa, of which he is the chairman, noted that outside interference in Africa has been responsible for conflicts, citing the NATO air strikes in Libya in 2011 that led to the ouster and death of Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

The fifth Tana High-Level Forum will take place from April, 16 to 17, 2016 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. More than 150 participants are expected to attend, including current and former heads of state and government, high-ranking government officials, academics, civil society representatives, experts and policymakers from the African Union, the United Nations and other international institutions.

Obasanjo said leaders were failing their people because they had not been able to prevent marginalisation in their societies, prevent injustice, reduce unemployment and poverty, and that they had not embraced democracy and good governance.

On the theme of this year’s forum, “Africa in the Global Security Agenda”, Obasanjo described it as apt, given the continuing fallout from the NATO intervention in Libya, for which U.S. President Barack Obama recently criticised the British and French governments for getting rid of Gaddafi without having plans in place for effective “follow-up”.

Obasanjo also noted that Ebola and migration from Africa had security implications not just for the continent “because we now live in a global community whereby if something happens in Africa, it affects the rest of the world”.