On February 5th, 2005, The Togolese army fomented a coup by unconstitutionally seizing power and appointing Faure Gnassingbe as President. This coup prolongs the rule of the Gnassingbe family who has maintain an iron grip over the country since 1967. The Faure Must Go campaign was born as a civil resistance movement to restore the rule of law, anchor democracy and engage citizens in defending their rights.
One might ask, why Faure Must Go? Especially after he managed to go through more than two election cycle. The short answer is that the people of Togo have been denied the fundamental right of freely choosing their own leaders since 1963. Faure Gnassingbe is the manifestation of such denial and presents a challenge to a real democracy.
The Faure Must Go campaign is a simple request from the disenfranchised people of Togo to select a leaders through free and faire elections and hold them accountable without the fear of retribution. Faure Gnassingbe is far from meeting the criteria of a a democratic leaders. here are the top 5 reasons out of many why Faure Must Go.
- Faure Gnassingbe was part of a coup on February 5, 2005 with the support of the top brass of the Togo Armed Forces. Participation in a coup is an act of treason that preclude anyone from serving in the highest office.
- In April 2005, supporters of Faure Gnassingbe were responsible for the death of over 500 civilians according to independent investigations
- Political repression and government-sponsored violence have continued throughout the tenure of Fure Gnassingbe causing death, exiles and great distress to the population
- Economic opportunities are restricted to a few influential members to the ruling party. under Faure Gnassingbe, the youth of Togo have not seen any meaningful opportunity, thus becoming a wasted generation. Faure Gnassingbe's rule is a direct continuation of the disastrous policies of his late Father who rules the country with an iron fist for 38 years until his death in 2005.
- Faure Gnassingbe has consistently failed to conduct reforms and create institutions to move the democratization process forward. He has used delayed tactics to avoid reforms since 2007 and have made the justice system and the security forces, subservient to his political party. This has created impunity, lack of accountability, corruption and a systematic confiscation of the the sovereignty of the people.