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Monday, March 26, 2018

5 Toughest African Politicians

Africa has undoubtedly churned out a good number of tough and fearless political office holders. These men are those that could be aptly described with the Nigerian local parlance "them no send anybody".

Robert Mugabe, whatever your opinion about him, is regarded as one of the most fearless of African leaders. He says what is on his mind, caring less about whose ox is gored. He stands tall for the great number of witty statements attributed to him.

No matter your opinion about these men, they will go about their dealing like you never existed. And if you slight them by clever use of words, they may give a modest and appropriate reply.

Whether they were right in their acts or wrong is not the issue being debated here. Their toughness and tenacity of purpose are what we are considering.

It was a tough work choosing only five and we may make a sequel some other time.


Idi Amin Dada in 1973
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Idi Amin is well known both in Africa and beyond for his iron-fisted leadership and dictatorial principles.
In 1971 he declared himself president of Uganda after toppling the democratically elected government of Milton Obote.

He bulldozed and destroyed anyone on his path. It was estimated that during his time as dictator in Uganda, about 300,000 civilians were murdered in gruesome and unthinkable manners. He was a god.

His policies and leadership of death led to the nosediving of the country's economy.

In the military, Amin was a fearless warlord who wrestled a crocodile in Somalia during a tour of duty when he was in the Kings African Rifles?

In 1979 his terror came to a celebrated end when Ugandan exiles and Tanzanians took control of the capital of Kampala, forcing Amin to flee. Never brought to justice for his heinous crimes, Amin lived out the remainder of his life in Saudi Arabia.


Gen. Sani Abacha
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Gen Abacha is well known for his dictatorial leadership and coups in Nigeria. He is revered as the most successful coup plotter in Nigeria's history. He was part of coups of 1983, 1985 and that of 1993 that brought him into power as head of state.

Although his regime is mostly identified for the wrong reasons, Nigeria enjoyed a great deal of buoyancy that in the space of four years (1993 to 1997), the country's foreign exchange reserve rose from $494 million to $9.6 billion.

In addition to this, the external debt of the country was reduced from $36 billion in 1993 to $27 billion in 1997.

Abacha was a dictator in all ramifications and so there were several cases of human rights abuses of which the hanging of Ogoni activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa was foremost of them all; and coupled with other dark vices that cannot be separated from his dreaded administration.

Abacha also oversaw the jailing of many political opponents and perceived enemies.


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In 1969, Gaddafi came to power as the President of Libya via a bloodless coup. During his time, the no-nonsense dictator availed Libyans better life and equal opportunities. He abhorred western interference and cared less of what they thought of him.

Under Gaddafi, became the first developing country to own a majority share of the revenues from its own oil production. Gaddafi provided access to free healthcare, safe houses, food and clean drinking water, free education to university level which led to the dramatic rise in literacy rates", wrote howghana.com.



4. SEKOU TOURE (1958-1984)

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Starting off as a cool-headed lover of African unity and independence fighter, Toure soon became something else after he became president of Guinea after the country gained her independence.

Ahmed Sékou Touré became the first president of the independent republic of Guinea on October 2, 1958. Soon he became a self-centered ethnic bigot, promoting only his ethnic group, Malinke, to the detriment and chagrin of all others.

Those who dared question or oppose him paid dearly as many of them were driven into exile in order to escape imprisonment and torture in designated camps. An estimated 50,000 people were killed in concentration camps, including the notorious Camp Boiro Guard Barracks. He died on March 26, 1984, and was deposed, post-mortem, months later.


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Dos Santos served as the president of Angola from 1979 to 2017, ruling for 38 years since the independence of the country. As President, José Eduardo dos Santos was also the commander in chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and president of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the party that has ruled Angola since it gained independence in 1975.

Although he has, purportedly, stepped down, the fact that his children Isabel dos Santos and José Filomeno dos Santos held key economic posts—Isabel heading Sonangol and José Filomeno heading the Fundo Soberano de Angola—also suggested that dos Santos would retain considerable influence.

Nevertheless, his regime has been fingered as one of the most corrupt in Africa with 70% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. He amassed an unbelievable amount of wealth and his daughter was one-time Africa richest woman.