Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that Togo should work on her constitution and reduce the number of years a President can stay in power.

 

There have been series of protests in Togo, since Wednesday, against the 12 years rule of the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, who took over from his late father who also ruled Togo for 38 years.

 

Obasanjo in a statement said

 

“I believe they should have a new constitution that will have a limit to the number of terms anybody can be president and he should abide by that”

“I also believe that whatever he has to do in terms of development, whatever ideas he has, he must have exhausted them by now, unless he has something new that we don’t know”.

 

In a related development, the UN has urged Togo to respond to people’s legitimate concerns, as protesters have taken to the streets to demand an end to the 50 years rule of the Gnassingbe family.

 

UN special envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas called on all parties to preserve peace and security, stressing that they are valuable assets in West Africa

 

“I remain convinced that all parties want to move forward on the reforms… in order to reach a consensus to respond to the legitimate expectations of the Togolese people”.

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