Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, said world leaders should not only condemn the military takeover in Mali, but also denounce what drove it.
He noted that as no right-thinking individual would prefer a military regime, a leader of a democratic system must work to improve the lives of citizens.
Bamgbose said this in reaction to the arrests of Mali’s president and prime minister on Tuesday by mutinous soldiers.
Senior counsel warned that Nigeria’s federal government must look inward to avoid pitfalls.
According to him, “military intervention in Mali is undoubtedly to be condemned and should in no case be justified. However, bad governance is just as unjustifiable.
“A ruler, who is not able to protect the life and property of his subjects and make their lives better, loses his moral right to rule.
“The condemnation by the United Nations and world leaders of the coup in Mali is not enough, they should also condemn bad governance, corruption and constitutional abuses.
“Most of these coups are preventable. Major General Buhari struck in the 1980s due to poor governance.
“It is often rightly asserted that those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change impossible.
“World leaders will be expected to periodically assess the performance of leaders of developing countries.
“Military intervention is undoubtedly undesirable, but bad governance must be visibly condemned. There is no alternative to good governance.
“The FG’s condemnation of the coup in Mali is appropriate, but the government should look inside and avoid the pitfalls. This nation has more than enough resources to improve the lives of every citizen.