Nov 19, 2013, 5:51 PM
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The new president's statement in this area went further to illustrate the point: "to those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history". Of course we stand very confidently in associating our own principles and convictions along those words of sobering admonition, because how many times have we seen leaders hold on to power by self-perpetuating stratagems often immoral or through abuse of power. Too many of these have overstayed until calamity overtook them through either assassinations or coups, and at times violent deaths. Unfortunately for the affected nations such incidences of forced removals have also cost them serious damage to the economy and/or infrastructure, and tragic losses of lives.
It is therefore our view that these words of President Obama should serve as a positive reminder to leaders around the world, especially our own continent where vestiges of greed, deceit, power-lust, and corruption, have produced and still continue to produce poor governance, lack of transparency, non-observance of the rule of law, deviousness, and unspeakable carnage in senseless wars and conflicts. In this regard we condemn unequivocally the violation of human rights and the rule of law in any country, and the silencing of dissenting voices through suppressive policies, forces, including the barrel of a gun.
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'Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolumet from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it'.