Julius Malema, the leader and founder of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has stated that leadership is not a natural trait.
Speaking at a public forum organized by the pressure organization AriseGhana in Accra on Tuesday, January 23, Mr. Malema urged African leaders to gracefully stand down when their terms end so that successors can take over.
He urged all African presidents to step down without resorting to military action, noting that no one is born a leader and that political office should not be left with a coffin.
“We call on all African leaders not to leave an office with a coffin. When the time comes for them to go they must leave without calling the army to to extend their term.
“No one is born a leader. No one is a traditional leader in a political office. If you want to be a traditional leader, go and fight in your tribe for those types of issues. We don’t subscribe to people who want to leave a political office with a coffin,” he added.
He also advised former African presidents to refrain from making the governance of their successors challenging.
He insisted that former presidents should not interfere in the affairs of ruling presidents and should be held accountable without involving themselves in any civilized democracy.