Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has emphasized the need for African leaders to revitalize the rule of law and true democracy in the continents, News About Nigeria reports.
Jonathan disclosed this during the Annual Democracy Dialogue organized by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF).
Nigeria’s third president since the return of democracy in 1999 discussed the tripartite role of democracy, the rule of law, and responsible leadership before stakeholders from across Africa who graced the event.
Jonathan who is the founder of the GJF, stated the responsibilities of leaders in ensuring that democracy lasts in Africa. He emphasized the need to adhere to the rule of law, respect the rights of citizens, strengthen public institutions, and implement policies that positively impact people’s lives.
He described the annual democracy dialogue as an initiative aimed at critically examining democracy in Africa while encouraging discussions on its practice.
He also specified that the event does not target specific nations but seeks to provide effective communication to address the challenges of leadership and political development in Africa.
Jonathan expressed his gratitude to the people of Bayelsa and Nigerians, for their contributions to the success of the event, and expressed his admiration for their faith in democracy and resolve to offer solutions to leadership challenges on the continent.
“I must sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm of the people of Bayelsa and other Nigerians for their contributions for the success of this event.
”Your presence is the demonstration of your faith in our democracy and your determination to make contribution to proffer workable solution to the challenges of leadership in the African continent,” he added.
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse, who presided over the event as the royal father of the day, called on leaders who hold symbols of authority, whether crowns or constitutional symbols, to ensure that the people they govern are actively involved in their actions and policies.
During the dialogue, Professor Patrick Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (June to September 1960), delivered a speech on the topic “Making Democracy Work in Africa.”
Other prominent African leaders who graced the occasion include Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, who also participated in the panel discussions.