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Obasanjo Urges Africa: Rethink democracy, make it our own

In a stirring call to action, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has issued a compelling directive for African nations to reconsider the democracy inherited from Western influences.

Speaking at the Summit on the State of Democracy in Africa, held at the esteemed Yar’adua Centre in Abuja, Obasanjo emphasized the imperative for Africa to craft a democracy that authentically reflects its cultural heritage and prioritizes the welfare of its people.

As a keynote speaker at the summit, Obasanjo passionately advocated for a democracy that is inclusive and serves the interests of all citizens.

He challenged African leaders to demonstrate unwavering dedication to the well-being of their constituents, emphasizing the critical role of good governance, robust institutions, and the rule of law in fostering effective democratic systems.

For Obasanjo, democracy transcends mere governance; it embodies a government rooted in the consent of the people, free from corruption, and committed to the upliftment of the masses.

He emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in the African approach to democracy, one that aligns with the continent’s unique socio-political landscape and addresses the specific needs of its diverse populations.

The Summit, convened by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation and Trust Africa, serves as a vital platform for dialogue and reflection on the state of democracy in Africa.

By delving into the achievements, challenges, and threats facing democratic governance on the continent, the summit aims to galvanize collective efforts towards fostering sustainable democratic practices and safeguarding the rights and liberties of all Africans.

As Africa stands at a pivotal juncture in its democratic journey, Obasanjo’s impassioned plea resonates as a rallying cry for African nations to chart their own course towards a democracy that empowers and uplifts every citizen.

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