Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has insisted that Western liberal democracy has not worked for Africa.
Obasanjo said liberal democracy does not take into account the continent’s history, culture and tradition.
The former President explained that the Western style of democracy failed in Africa because it does not consider the views of the majority of the people.
He stated this while delivering his keynote address at a high-level consultation on ‘Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa’ in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Obasanjo, the convener of the gathering, described Western liberal democracy as “a government of a few people over all the people or population and these few people are representatives of only some of the people and not full representatives of all the people.
”Invariably, the majority of the people are wittingly or unwittingly kept out, he said.”
He advocated for what he termed, ‘Afro democracy’ in place of Western liberal democracy.
According to him, African countries have no business in operating a system of government in which they have no hand in its “definition and design”