As it is popularly said “power does not corrupt man, man corrupts power”. Virtually every human being wants to hold onto power even when things are bad with him at the hems of affairs. Many African dictators have risen and fallen since the 60s. Military coup has become an age long trend across Africa as African leaders hold on tenaciously to power without pacifying the demigods – the people.
A leader can only successfully hold onto power with minimal opposition if the economy is thriving under him. This hence demands the socio-economic prowess of the leader. While this does not guarantying his perpetual remanding in power, he has a large chance of staying in power. Taking Guinea as a case study, it is apparent that the recently ousted civilian government led by Alpha Conde was experiencing deterioration economically and politically. A wave of civil unrest was not across the country while the government tried to repress its people.
The insufficient of the opposition in influencing the decisions of the ousted president Alpha Conde became glaring with the military unexpected takeover of the government. Knowing when to leave power is very paramount to the aftermath story of any great politician. This is one reason why President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is still lauded as a democratic president across the world due to his heroic relinquishing of power in 2015.
While Guinea may have experienced its own heat of political mismanagement by the civilian government, another country to look out for is Togo as dissension over the 2020 election and the perpetual remanding of the Gnassingbe dynasty in governance remain a painful tale told across the country.
The Togolese authorities have been accused of restricting protest demonstration and suppressing freedom of speech through the intimidation of the citizenry by the military. Economic meltdown and sociopolitical tension caused the coup in Guinea, the same may be said of Togo if a coups ensues in the country. Could the governance of these African nations be at the edge of the cliff?
Below are a comparison of civil unrest across Guinea and civil unrest across Togo. It is hence apparent that Guineans have often expressed themselves through protest demonstrations but the Togolese populace may find it difficult to express itself due to the alleged use of intimidation by the authorities. Although not in the words of Lt. Col. Mamady Doumbouya, “the military should intervene if democracy seem threatened and the voice of the people unheard”, will Togo be witnessing the same fate soon?