The seeming invincibility of Libya’s strongman, and dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has dramatically fizzled out following his sudden disappearance from his fortress in Tripoli, Libyan capital, occasioned by persistent bombardments by rebel forces backed by the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Gaddafi’s retreat to unknown place, which may eventually lead to his shameful surrender, may as well end months of avoidable Libya civil war if only the dictator had toyed the path of human by willingly relinquishing power when it became obvious that majority of Libyans were fed up with his 42-year-old regime.
But Gaddafi, like most other dictators never budged until the international community, NATO and other allies stepped into what ordinarily is entirely Libya’s internal affairs to force him out of the seat of power having refused to listen to the voice of reason.
With the end of the war in the horizon, the rebel-backed National Transition Council (TNC), had placed $1.3 million dollar ransom on the 69-year-old Gaddafi for anyone who could arrest or kill him as the final battle for the soul of Libya winds up in the nearest future.
As the search for Gaddafi intensifies, world leaders, especially the powers that be in the United States, France, Britain, gathered in Qutar, to mobilise support for a post-war Libya which will usher in a new leadership in the war-torn country.
Libya’s transition from dictatorship to democracy in future remains a big lesson for Gaddafi and his likes. Gaddafi’s fall from power indicates the popular truism viz: those who refuse to learn from history are always swept away by history.
Gaddafi’s fall therefore constitutes a stark reminder and reality to the likes of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Musseveni of Uganda, Edwardo Don Santos of Angola, Gen Umar Al-Bashir of Sudan, among other, despotic leaders in the African continent that power lies with the people.
The truth about power and authority is that as soon as a leader loses confidence of his people, such leader becomes a liability rather than an asset to his countrymen, and indeed women. Thus, for Africa to take its pride of place in the new world order, our leaders must respect the pulse and feelings of the citizenry.
For Africa and Africans, the 21st century provides ample opportunity to prove to the rest of the world that we are no longer living behind civilisation but moving along, side by side like other continents.
One sure way to prove this is through leadership by example which many African leaders lack.
Yours sincerely strongly feel for Libyans, who are the ultimate losers of the avoidable crisis but for the intransigence of Gaddafi and his political dynasty that saw Libya as their private property which they can toy with at will.
Libya has lost so much human capital and infrastructure to the strife and no matter the gesture from western countries and, perhaps from fellow African nations, the war-torn Libya cannot be the same again.
We, therefore, pray that the post-war Libya should witness a peaceful transition to democratic rule where all Libyans have equal right and opportunity to their God-given resources. It is hoped that the catastrophe that befell Libya in the past few months should be a thing of the past as a new leadership emerges soon.
May the ugly situation in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and their likes never manifest in Libya due to politics of succession. It is, indeed, good to win a war but the ability to manage victory has been a big problem in most cases.
The question therefore remains whether or not the rebels have the capacity to govern Libya after Gaddafi’s exit. The United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and other allies, should move fast to ensure that sustainable peace returns to Libya now that Gaddafi is on the run. If peace eludes Libya after Gaddafi, Africa and Africans will surely pay dearly for it.
We also need to remind African leaders that the era of absolute sovereignty in the internal affairs of a country is gone for real. The truth and reality now is that leaders are now accountable not only to their citizens, but also accountable to the outside world willingly or unwillingly.
The proposed resolution by France, Britain and others for a UN resolution intended to de-freeze Libya’s assets and soften the sanctions against the country should be hastened to ensure that Libya bounces back soon.
It is also expected that the $2.5 billion lifeline from western countries to the strife ridden country will come in quickly to ease off the stress which Libya are passing through now.
The world is watching the situation in Libya and it is every one’s prayer is: May God rescue Libya from her real enemies when the chips are down.