Faure Must Go

How it all started

On February 27 2011, Faure Must Go was officially launched after two years of discussions and planning. It inception was based on a simple proposition: the people of Togo could not longer afford the rule of the Faure Gnassingbe based on both its passive and active legacy. The removal of Faure Gnassingbe form power has become a new emergency and a civic duty for two main reasons. The first is that the Togolese Constitution calls for all citizens to do everything in their power to oppose any authoritarian force that seize the power outside of the constitutional process. Secondly, Faure Gnassingbe has not made any move toward implementing the Global political Agreement signed in 2007 that was supposed to create a democratic environment susceptible to return power back to the people.

Farida Nabourema and Wolali Ahlijah drafted the original charter of the movement in the United States and Elliot Mable set up a European branch of the movement in Paris. The movement spread quickly throughout the Togolese diaspora and, in spite of a repressive climate in Togo, met several early adopters in the country. Farida Nabourema boldly went public with a formal declaration on February 27, 2011 asking Faure Gnassingbe to resign with 60 days (by April 27, 2011) after which he would be considered as a formal enemy of the Togolese people.

This original declaration remains the central idea of the Faure must Go movement was offers an ideological resistance to the dictatorship while empowering the population to own their destiny, not give into fear and be the craftsmen of a real democracy.