Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described Western Liberal Democracy as a “government of a few people over all the people or population.
”These few people are representatives of only some of the people and not full representatives of all the people.
“Invariably, majority of the people were wittingly or unwittingly kept out.”
Obasanjo, who spoke
at a high-level consultation on “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa,” in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital said: “this is why we should have ‘Afro Democracy’ in place of Western Liberal Democracy.”
The former President said that the Western style of democracy failed in Africa because it does not take into consideration the views of the majority of the people.
He said that African countries have no business operating a system of government which they have no hands in its definition and design.
“The weakness and failure of liberal democracy as it is practised stem from its history, content, context and its practice.
“Once you move from all the people to representatives of the people, you start to encounter troubles and problems.
“For those who define it as the rule of majority, should the minority be ignored, neglected and be excluded?
“Those who brought it to us are now questioning the rightness of their invention, its deliverability and its relevance today without reform.”
Obasanjo said that the essence of any system of government should be the welfare and well-being of the people.
“In short, we have a system of government in which we have no hands to define and design and we continue with it, even when we know that it is not working for us.”