President Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

US President Barack Obama addresses African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Obama arrived at the African Union headquarters today, to become the first US president to address the 54-member continental bloc, at the end of a tour focused on corruption, rights and security. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINASIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

I was reading today about President Obama giving a tough speech to the African Union today about African leaders needing to step down when their terms end. President Obama went on to say that stepping down would help the democratic progress in Africa. This was the first-ever address given by a United States President. He stressed the fact that Africa needs to end their cancer of corruption. He said that he doesn’t understand why the African leaders won’t step down. He went on to say that he loves being President but he can no longer run for a third term due to the laws and the United States constitution. President Obama said that the cancer of corruption is hurting Africa’s economic growth.

President Obama did go on to say that Africa has made great progress which is why American businesses were increasing U.S. trade with the continent. He told the African Union that the United States is a trusted partner of the continent. He also made a comment which was geared toward China, saying that “Economic relationships cannot simply be about other countries building infrastructure with foreign labor, or extracting Africa’s natural resources”. He also went on to say, “Real economic partnerships have to be a good deal for Africa. They have to create jobs and capacity for Africans. That’s the kind of partnership America offers.”

President Obama stressed that America is a solid security partner that would stand by Africa in dealing with terrorism and end conflict. He said that as Africa is standing against terror and conflict, the United States is standing with you in the fight! Everyone at the African Union address gave President Obama a standing ovation after his speech which touch so many issues that are happening in Africa. I agree that corruption is huge in certain parts of Africa and leaders of these countries need to be held accountable for their actions. A United States President can stay in their position for 8 years which is a lot to some folks! I don’t think the United States should enforce their beliefs on another country when it comes to presidency terms or running their country.

However, I do believe that Africa could be a really strong continent if the corruption stopped and the leaders invested in building businesses to help grow employment and opportunities. Africa has some really intelligent people within the continent and I would like to see them not be so dependent on the United States and Europe because they have the resources to be a strong continent. Africa needs to build its own infrastructure, build its own cures to Ebola, Malaria, and other diseases because they have brilliant scientists, doctors, and researchers. Africa has so many resources which is why America, China, and Europe are building and investing in Africa businesses now. I love the continent of Africa and I see hope there!

The people of Africa want to see higher employment, economic growth, and more business opportunities in their country because they typically don’t want to leave their homeland but they have no choice due to the corruption within the government. It’s time for the people of Africa to take a stand and demand better from their leaders. Almost all of Africa is free from British rule and some have been independent for over 40 years yet they are struggling due to heavy corruption, terrorism, and poverty which shouldn’t happen in a rich continent like Africa. I came across an article by AnswersAfrica that list ten problems with Africa which I truly believe is impacting the continent. I am attaching the article for your review. Let me know your thoughts on the motherland and President Obama speech to the African Union.


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