What Happens to African leaders when in power?
Africa has a lot of wonderful and intelligent people. She has lot of knowledgeable and good people in power. They are capable of governing and changing Africa for good. That I will always stand for and totally agree.
Having said that, there is a disease that affect them immediately when they get to power or assume position. Their selfish parts get the most of them that all their intelligence is channeled to getting around the constitution either steal or make changes to favor their own selfish gain. They become enemies to the constitution that brought them into office and spend most of their time in office finding loop holes to steal or cheat the people (the poor and those who brought them to power).
Do not look far or deep in History. There are clear and hands on examples.
1. PAD issues that came up in Ghana. Leaders defended this PAD with all their knowledge and energy of hear. Well it up to the ordinary Ghanaian to judge.
2. Now let look at what happening in Burkina Faso. I do not endorse violence but I entirely back the demonstrators. IT is time we stand and defend what right.
For those who don’t know what’s happening in B. Faso. This is it;
Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has been swept from power after 27 years by a violent popular uprising.
Compaoré announced his resignation on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest at plans to extend his rule.
General Honoré Traoré, head of the armed forces, said he had taken charge of the west African country. But further confusion and uncertainty broke out after another military leader, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, declared himself to be president and said Traoré’s claim was “obsolete”.
This is just the beginning, am sure more of these will follow in many countries in Africa. Without these events, we will forever remain the same. A rich continent who is always begging because our leaders are extremely selfish and corrupt just like Umeh’s poem; Ambassadors of Poverty.
The corrupt master of the economy
With their heads abroad
And anus at home
Patriots in reverse order
Determined merchants of loots
Who boost the economy of the colonial order
To impoverish brothers and sisters at home
Ambassadors of poverty are
The “saviours” of the people
Office loafers in the guise of workers
Barons of incompetence
With kleptomaniac fingers
And suckling filaments
Position occupants and enemies of service
Locked in corrosive war of corruption
With their people’s treasury
And killing their future
Ambassadors of poverty are
The dubious-sit-tight “patriots”
Frustrating the cooperate will of their followers
The beleaguered, hungry and famished
Owners of land
People, priced out of their conscience and power
Incapacitated by their destitution
Unable to withstand the temptation
Of crispy mint and food aroma