Accounatable leadership, only way to stop coups in Africa, says varsity don

The Director, Institute for Peace Conflict and Developmental Studies, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, IPCDS, ( ESUT), Professor Felix Asogwa has identified accountable leadership as the only way to discourage military coups in Africa.

Speaking with newsmen during the occasion of the International Day for Peace in Enugu, Asogwa said there was need for African leaders to tackle poverty, saying it was not good for Africa to be rated as poverty capital.

He decried the weaponisation of poverty by some African leaders, saying it had created a very unfortunate environment for absence of peace. 

The renowned professor of Political Science noted that most times, military coups occur as a result of civilian coups, adding that some African leaders use all kinds of means to emerge against the wishes of the people.

He stated that what happened in Niger Republic recently showed that people were not happy with the ruler, adding that so many countries in Africa are not happy with their rulers.

He warned that untill there is accountable leadership, more African countries would continue to fall to military coups.

“The only way out is through accountable leadership and good governance. Purposeful leadership is the only way out” he stated.

Asogwa noted that the International Day for Peace is a special day designated by the United Nations to promote peace across the globe.

He stated that the IPCDS, which was established to deepen research in peace through different programmes had continued to impact positively in Enugu State and Southeast.


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