Wednesday, 29 May

Coups not solution to Africa’s problems; those days gone - Otumfuo

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Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in a speech delivered at the St. Andrews Africa Summit in Scotland, has expressed deep concern about the growing prevalence of coup d'états across the African continent. 

He linked these military takeovers to the challenging economic conditions experienced by nations, which sometimes result in the removal of democratically elected governments.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II rejected the notion of military coups as a viable solution to Africa's problems. 

He emphasised that, irrespective of the circumstances, he believes that military takeovers do not provide the answers needed.

He stated, "Let me make it categorically clear that regardless of the circumstances, I do not think that a military takeover offers the solution to the problems of our continent." 

"There was a time when circumstances produced the notion that the gun was the solution. Those times are over," the Asante monarch declared, adding: "We are in completely different circumstances now. The critical problems confronting Africa's economy from North to South, East to West, the burden is the economy."

Eight African countries have witnessed coups since 2020.

Notable among them are Mali, Guinea, Chad, Niger and Gabon.