“Sometimes these statements and opinions are exaggerated — in any case, I don’t feel like a dictator” – Faure Gnassingbe to Le Monde in February 2020
I hate to say it Mr. President, but this is not about how you feel, but how THEY feel. How the public really feel and why address you as if they do. It is hard not to call you a dictator or a tyrant. Because, your actions speaks much louder than your words.
The way you got into power after your father. Second Generation Gnassingbe, the man who’s holding a tight grip on the Republic and family affairs, which means the Togolaise government. That is you, Mr. President.
That you started your reign with killing 50 people with 2500 soldiers in civilian clothes. That you has persisted in-office, using all means to stay there. Blocking opposition, scaring activists to exile or arresting their leaders. There is no bounds to what you do.
You are now blocking foreign observers, while CENI is suspending electronic transmissions of the election results. As well, as warning of a internet blockade and social media blackout ahead of the polls. Reports is that WhatsApp is already blocked before the polls, as of today. While the activists and organizers behind the uprising in 2017 is in either jail, exile or dead. Therefore, your words are somewhat pointless, when your actions is deafening.
Mr. President you can act a fool and think you can get away with it. As you are running for your fourth term after a shoddy referendum. Which is all based on you continued reign, not on the betterment of the Republic. We all know that, even the ghosts of Christmas Past knows that.
If you didn’t send soldiers to quell demonstrations, arrest the leaders and kill innocent civilians. Maybe, people wouldn’t address you as a dictator. If you didn’t block concerts and rallies on beaches. Maybe, the people the people wouldn’t call you an dictator. Maybe, if you didn’t act with swift death and destruction every time someone challenge you. Maybe, if you acted right, they wouldn’t call you names. However, the problems is that you do all of this, repeatedly.
So, when you need extensive rigging, everything done in darkness. Expect the results to be thereafter. Expect more bloodshed, more pain and suffering of the Republic. Because, one man and his family feels entitle to run it by any means necessary. This is the same family that has ruled the Republic for 53 years now. While extending it yet another term tomorrow.
There will be no election tomorrow, only a pre-fixed selection. The President wouldn’t back-down, this is his anyway. If someone stands in his way, they will be gone, either by the book, by crook or by the hook. Feel me?
So, if they address you as a tyrant, as a dictator, Mr. President it’s not because of your words, but your actions. They are loud and clear, one unison message, the Gnassignbe before country. Peace.