The Thread: How African leaders can avoid going the way of Robert Mugabe

After 37 long years wielding the sceptre, Robert Mugabe finally succumbed to Military pressure and resigned. Generations of Zimbabweans rejoiced to see him go. BBC reports: “a man fell to his knees and raised his arms to the sky. A young woman, wrapped in the national flag, shouted: “Do you see this, you guys? Do you see this? It is history in the making.”

Mugabe, however, is not the only dictator Africa needs to rid itself of. There’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, who’s ruled since 1979; José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola, who’s also ruled the country like his private family business 38 years now. There’s also Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan who seized power in 1989, Paul Biya of Cameroon, who has his ministers bow to him and who’s had his country by the throat 35 years now; Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, who has held sway since 1986. and finally Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, who’s ruled for a  nonconsecutive period of 38 years.

That’s six African President-dictatorships that need to be crumbled fast.

Sigh.

But how do the Mugabe’s and Museveni’s of this world come about? And how can the sickness they are inflicted with be avoided? BBOG activist Oby Ezekwesili tells us:

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