According to Geoffroy FOUMBOULA LIBEKA MAKOSSO “Try to free yourself and don’t change masters”.

Geoffroy FOUMBOULA LIBEKA MAKOSSO, Gabonese civil society actor

At the beginning of my words, I would like to remind you that the struggle for the freedom of this country does not belong to men, but to our thinking model. In this sense, evil remains evil, whether it is controlled by a politician or a third party.

As each election approaches, any dictatorial system uses two main levers to destroy any hope of awakening a conscience:

1) To model certain personalities (graduates, intellectuals, etc.) in social policy issues;

2) Rise on the map in terms of social policy, models.

Often it is charity that benefits the system in one way or another.

In the first case, the owner of the system ensures that the politician has those who are considered thoughtful (graduates, intellectuals, etc.) in his network. In the second case, it ensures that the dispute, which in most cases is managed by the mapan, is under his control. In either case, the politician is sure to control both the street and the elite, with the double advantage of creating an important core of undecided people, who will either cower for fear of losing their privilege (effect of 1).er cases) and/or fear of being a victim of collateral damage from the street (effect of 2)e case). In all dictatorships, no actor working illegally on the street can evolve without the support of the rulers, this is true for businessmen, etc. The deal is that the ruler ignores your actions, instead you try to make the people you associate with ignore the actions of the rulers. In a word, make silence a virtue and try not to awaken the conscience of the masses.

But wherever the minimum of the people is, consciences have been awakened to fight against corrupt and corrupt rulers to establish democracy and good governance, this is patriotism as distinguished from individualism.

An older brother once said to me, without any malice, “You have too much potential to waste it in this fight, you’re not the one to change things. Try and see how you can help those around you, leave those things there.” The question I ask is this: “Will helping 10 or 15, or even 1,000, out of nearly 2 million Gabonese people permanently improve their situation?” How long am I sure to do this for? Will my income, even if it is 20 million CFA francs a month, allow me to meet everyone’s needs? “. Wouldn’t it be good if the conscience of the Gabonese wakes up, instead of depending on the income of another Gabonese, they stand up, take responsibility and fight so that the state takes care of the money coming from the resources of their country? Others have done it (Senegal, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, etc.), why not us?

Should we allow the idea of ​​seeing the most important honest businessman (artist, sportsman, entrepreneur, etc.) to flourish in the collective consciousness, and the criminal who enriched himself with illegal (narcotics, fraud, alcohol, murder)? etc.), embezzled politician, etc. Are you offering assistance to young Gabonese people by remaining silent on the injustice that causes this poverty? Doesn’t behaving like this mean enslaving the same population in another way by creating a bond of attachment and recognition to the individual rather than the nation? If it really is to help liberate the country, then why not do both: help and rebuke?

All the nations that benefit from the minimum today (Senegal, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, etc.) have achieved this result not because of the help of the richest, but because of the opportunity of the latter. involving victims in the fight against all kinds of injustice. A person’s help will serve you for a while (with moral debt obligation), but a state’s help (good governance and democracy) will serve you and your descendants for a lifetime (without moral debt). Stop looking for a piece of bread (Man’s help), look for a bakery (money from your country’s resources, your money).


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