"Do not surround yourselves with bootlickers and sycophants," Gyimah-Boadi urges African leaders
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) Prof, Gyimah- Boadi has admonished African leaders to set up effective systems of communication to ascertain the needs of the people they seek to govern.
He said bootlickers and sycophants interfere with the transmission of information from the grassroots and this tends to give a semblance of wellness when in effect, things may be the exact opposite.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show about recent developments in Tunisia, the Executive Director said events in that country clearly shows that the government has failed to sufficiently deal with the needs of the people.
“African democracies must re-examine their communication systems to ascertain whether popular needs are being communicated to leaders without the distortions and the interferences that parties usually impose on their systems of communication.
He said any government that wants to stay in power must institute a process by which it receives and deals with uncontaminated communication from the governed to avoid the kind of situation that has engulfed Tunisia.
“What is critical is to ensure that mechanisms that are put in place are technically proficient and credible, to ensure that as a leader, you are not lying to yourself or being lied to,” he said.