Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged that Nigeria departs from Western democracy saying the form of government is not working in Africa.
Obasanjo gave this advice at a high-level consultation on Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy in Africa held at the Green Resort Legacy, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta on Monday.
The ex-President opined that Western democracy has refused to provide benefits in the continent because there was no consideration for African peculiarities by those who came about it and lorded it over Africa.
He therefore called for a departure from it and in its place, a new form of government which he called Afro democracy.
His words, “The weakness and failure of liberal democracy as it is practised stem from its history, content, context, and 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 the majority, should the minority be ignored, neglected, and excluded?
“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.
“Those who brought it to us are now questioning the rightness of their invention, its deliverability, and its relevance today without reform.
“The essence of any system of government is the welfare and well-being of the people—all the people.
“Here, we must interrogate the performance of democracy in the West when it originated from and with us, the inheritors of what we are left with by our colonial powers.
“We are here to stop being foolish and stupid. Can we look inward and outward to see what in our country, culture, tradition, practice, and living over the years that we can learn from, adopt, and adapt with practices everywhere for a changed system of government that will service our purpose better and deliver?
“We have to think outside the box and then act with our new thinking. You are invited here to examine clinically the practice of liberal democracy, identify its shortcomings for our society, and bring forth ideas and recommendations that can serve our purpose better, knowing human beings for what we are and going by our experiences and the experiences of others.
“We are here to think as leaders of thought in academia and leaders of thought with some experience in politics.”