movement thrives on massive national political mobilization, on adopting a realistic revolutionary theory, but above all on having an ideology of liberation which aims to give its supporters peace, development, dignity and independence. It is willing to acknowledge mistakes and revise its strategy but never the goal of independence. Its leadership provides the example: ever vigilant, ever loyal to the ideals of the liberation movement and therefore the uplifting vision of the country. The vision of successful liberation movements in Africa and in the Third World has been egalitarian, non-discriminatory, non-repressive, non-racist and vehemently opposed to exploitation.
Africa is dying. If things continue as they are only eight or nine of the present countries will survive the next few years. All other things being equal, absolute poverty, instead of declining, is likely to gain ground. It is clear that the economy of our continent is lying in ruins . . . Our ancient continent . . . is now on the brink of disaster.
(Cited in Lloyd Timberlake, Africa in Crisis ( Philadelphia, New Society Publishers, 1986), p. 8.)