Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has blamed Zimbabwe for allegedly setting a bad precedent of coups in Africa.
This is after late former President Robert Mugabe was ousted in 2017, a move which was sanitised and packaged as a bona fide means of replacing unpopular regimes outside the ballot.
After addressing the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg South Africa, Obasanjo said Africa must find a way out of the toxic culture.
Obasanjo said he once moved a motion that any country that achieves change of government through unconstitutional means should be suspended.
“I once moved a motion in 1999 then that any country that has a government not through constitutional means should be suspended”. Olusegun Obasanjo – Former Nigerian President
He believes punishing governments that rise through coups would help curb the ill.
Mugabe was toppled through a military coup d’etat led by Army General Constantino Chiwenga and was replaced by Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
Africa and the world at large embraced Mnangagwa’s administration.