September 8, 2017

Togo: Obasanjo asks president to step down, says has nothing new to offer 

Obasanjo, Nigeria

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Following the continued protest against the already 12 years rule of President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo by some Togolese in the country’s opposition party, Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Gnassingbe to step down “unless he has something new” for his people.

Obasanjo, during an interview with BBC, also said that the county should have a new constitution that will reduce the years or term a President will stay in power.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

This is in tandem with the demands of the protesters who are seeking a review of the country’s constitution to limit the terms a President will be in power.

President Gnassingbe who has already done 12 years in power took over from his father ruled Togo for 38 years.

Chief OBasanjo advised the Togolese President to step down, saying he believes President Gnassingbe “must have exhausted whatever ideas he has.”

According to Obasanjo, “I believe that President Gnassingbe will have to do something about it (the protests),” he said.

“I believe they should have a new constitution that will have a limit to the number of terms anybody can be president and he should abide by that.

“I [also] believe whatever he has to do in terms of development, whatever ideas he has, he must have exhausted them by now. Unless he has something new that we don’t know.

“After twelve to fifteen years, some of them (African leaders) up to thirty…and maybe, if you don’t leave office, office will leave you.”