-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME :
THE fragile peace and the mutual suspicion that has led to the loudest silence, between the military and their civilian counterparts in a novel power- sharing sovereign transition council, headed by General Abder Fattah al- Burhan in Khartoum, has broken down.
The Soldiers have unwittingly shut the ever yawning doors against their civilian colleagues, while grabbing the full power to rule, by fiat, to their utmost consternation.
For anyone who cares to know, that unequal yoking of the “cat versus rat” administrative formula adopted to bring about a peaceful transition to the embattled people of Sudan only needed enough time to give way.
This is so especially against the backdrop of frequent distrust amongst the parties (the civilians and the military) that made up the transition council. Who can trust even the benignest of a lion to be able to keep the goat in her custody for a long time?
One can recall that just last month of September, there was an attempted coup by elements loyal to the last President Omar Bashir, to upturn the immediate past arrangement.
That the crisis-ridden transition council was expected to deliver peace and stability that will usher in a responsible and representative government was an ambitious task. You cannot give what you don’t have.
The return of military coups in recent times in Africa is quite worrisome but not inexplicable. For the past two decades, democracy and democratisation have been smoothly entrenched in Africa, unhindered.
But while democracy hold sway, the problems of the people and society remained unchanged. This has successfully given the military the same reasons and opportunities adduced for their frequent interregnum in our democratic space.
As long as there is no change or development in Africa brought about by our elected leaders, the temptation of the messianic instinct of the military to test the waters every so often, cannot be wished away.
For Sudan and her new rulers, it is time to listen to and accept the worldwide condemnation of your actions by quickly putting in place, an acceptable and representative arrangement to put Sudan on the road to enduring peace and development. The earlier this is done, the better for the troubled nation.
- Austen AKHAGBEME is a Columnist with Blank NEWS Online
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