African dictators are created by and within the socioeconomic and political circumstances (conditions) they consciously create in their determined pursuit for power. They are created and aided by men and women of good character, of conscience but who have consciously elected to suspend their critical faculties and sign a pact with dictatorship. These men and women of good character have consciously chosen to suspend their critical faculties, to desecrate their conscience and find comfort in the warm bosom of the dictatorship they aid and consciously create.
If it’s of any consequence, although not surprising; these men and women of good character who have consciously elected to suspend their critical faculties to violate their conscience, so to create and aid a dictatorship; are often relatively well ‘educated’ and diversely informed.
While African dictators are or may be single-mindedly determined in their pursuit for power and therefore find and think it appropriate to keep their foot on the necks of their people; they obviously do so with the help and use of State machinery, State resources and their facilitators: those who ‘hero-ise’ and venerate them as ‘heroes’; defer to the them as ‘excellencies’ and ‘honourables’. There’s nothing excellent or honourable aboout killing your own people for power.
The colonialists killed Africans who were courageous enough to dare resist colonial brutality; and they became and were heroes in the eyes of their own people. Because they were killing Africans who, in their eyes, were savage creatures standing in their way of life. It made sense to the colonialists to eliminate the Africans; after all, they were not their own; not theirs.
Judging by their actions and brutality, African dictators seem to be unencumbered by the thought of the consequences of their choices, decisions and actions. That is, if indeed they ever at all entertain such thought.
What’s surprising is that the ‘educated’ and diversely informed men and women of good character who aid and create these dictators have chosen and decided not to learn from world history littered with tales and examples of dictatorships and their eventual demise. What happens thereafter, especially to those who ran (administered), worked for and/or directly or indirectly were involved with dictatorships.
They’ve decided to suspend their critical faculties and consciously chosen not learn, for instance, from Nazi Germany and what eventually befell the Nazi regime members and operatives everywhere, all-over the world; or indeed, from previous African dictators and their enablers.
It seems, these relatively ‘educated’ and diversely informed men and women of good character who choose to suspend their critical faculties to create and aid dictatorships; have equally consciously chosen not to think of their relations, lives and legacies in a post-dictatorship world. Or they perhaps do seriously reflect on and think about their choices and actions; try to imagine how their lives would possibly be like once and if the dictatorship they’ve aided to create eventually falls, and are too uncertain and insecure about their prospects in a post-dictatorship world. And that, therefore, may well motivate them to stick with – and explains why they decide to keep aiding dictators to their eventual downfall; ultimately going down badly with them.
However, this points to one thing about history and people, particularly the human mind. Contrary to the saying that “history repeats itself“; it is men and women of good character who have chosen to suspend their critical faculties and desecrate their conscience; who, in the prevailing circumstances and conditions they’ve largely created – directly or indirectly aided to create, repeat history.
History is made by people; and it is therefore people who (will) repeat history by repeating events of history. If ever history is repeated; it’s because men and women of good character, of conscience have consciously worked and continue to work to repeat events of the past, or events indistinguishably similar to those attributed to the past, and therefore history. That is why – and how – there’s a continuous vicious cycle of dictatorships in Africa.