According to George B.N. Ayittey, presidente of the Free Africa Foundation:
The implosion starts when a politically excluded group, fed up with the rotten status quo, mounts a rebel insurgency. Africa's rebel leaders do not seek to redraw artificial colonial boundaries; they want power and head straight to the capital city. The ensuing wars cause wanton destruction and horrific carnage. Rebel leaders seize power but often they are worse than the despots they replaced. Then the cycle begins again. As Africans often say: 'We struggle very hard to remove one cockroach from power, but then the next rat comes to do the same thing.'