Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The decision by the Nigerian senate to throw out a bill to change the constitution allowing the sitting president to seek a third term is a good one. The more that can be done to fight against African 'big man' politics the better. It's a curse that afflicts the continent and holds it back. Gangsterism, nepotism, bureaucratic overload, all these are linked to the cult of the African 'big man'. Of course there's still a danger that the decision gets reversed, or that the army will setp in, but for now it sends the message that 'presidents for life' are not welcome.