-By: Kexter E.A Donald Jnr.

Amidst the uproar over the plight of the ousted Bongo of Gabon, the fervent plea for intervention reverberates like a thunderous drumbeat across the African landscape. “ECOWAS, AU, Africans, please make noise to save him, his family,” the cry echoes, carrying the weight of urgency. Yet, in the laughter it elicits, there’s a stark reminder of the pitfalls of greed. The tale of Bongo’s fall is more than just a spectacle—it mirrors a stark reality.

Forgetting the lessons of history, Bongo’s predicament paints a portrait of the consequences when a nation succumbs to the corrosive cycle of recurrent civilian coups. The aftermath is a landscape marred by the wreckage of democratic ideals. The very fabric of governance, once tightly woven, unravels, creating a vacuum that breeds political instability, rendering institutions feeble, and corroding the trust that binds citizens together.

In the face of these upheavals, the rule of law—once a shield against tyranny—falters beneath the ambitions of those grasping for power. The bedrock principles of representation, accountability, and fundamental rights crumble under the weight of opportunism. As the political arena descends into chaos, the echoes of despair grow louder, drowning out the voices of reason.

The impact is not confined to the realm of politics alone. The economic engine sputters as investors, wary of uncertainty, retreat to safer shores. The promise of progress stalls as the shadow of instability looms large, choking the growth that a stable democratic society should nurture.

The fallout is nothing short of seismic—a tear in the very fabric of democratic governance. This rift, once torn, becomes a playground for those who seek to manipulate the power vacuum for their own gain. The allure of undemocratic means becomes irresistible to those who seek unchecked control. The consequences ripple outward, affecting generations to come.

As the drama of Bongo’s plight unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder. It’s not just a plea for salvation—it’s a lesson etched in the annals of time. Greed, ambition, and shortsightedness can lead to the downfall of not just an individual, but an entire nation. As the laughter reverberates, it’s a solemn call to action for ECOWAS, AU, and Africans as a whole—to learn from the past, to uphold democratic ideals, and to ensure that the echoes of fallen regimes teach us to safeguard the fabric of our nations.

Civilian dictatorships wear a deceptive mask of democracy, concealing their true intentions—to cater solely to their egos and the vested interests of their inner circle. The facade they present is a cunning play, while their actions betray the very essence of democratic values. As for Bongo’s plight, my sympathy finds no harbour.

Finally, whispers of the past remind us of the path we must tread to avoid the shadows of instability.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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