Following the recent coup in Gabon, a prominent business leader in Nigeria, Akin Olaoye, has called for political reforms in Cameroon and Togo.
Like Gabon, both countries have experienced long-term reigns of their presidents.
Olaoye, an outspoken advocate for change, has urged President Paul Biya of Cameroon and President Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Togo to resign.
He noted that the younger generation in Africa has grown increasingly weary of traditional political behaviours that they believe have hindered progress and development.
”If I were President Paul Biya of Cameroon and Gnassible of Togo, I will turn in a resignation tomorrow morning.
”This generation is tired and are not sticking to those old “narcissistic political behaviours that have set Africa backwards!”
Olaoye’s symbolic resignation gesture reflects a sentiment shared by many demanding a departure from what they view as selfish and self-serving political attitudes.
While the idea of resignation might be seen as a radical step, it highlights the depth of dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.
Olaoye’s hypothetical act serves as a call to action, urging leaders to reflect on their roles in addressing the concerns of the citizens they serve.
Political analysts and experts have noted that, in addition to resignations, there are various avenues for instigating positive change, such as engaging in dialogue with citizens, implementing reforms, and embracing more inclusive governance models.
As discussions continue to unfold, it remains to be seen how these sentiments will translate into concrete actions and reforms within the political systems of Cameroon and Togo.