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Antagonism between former rulers and present rulers doesn’t encourage the wholesome observe of democracy

Antagonism between past leaders and serving leaders does not encourage the healthy practice of democracy - Jonathan

Elder Goodluck Jonathan spoke out towards the antagonism between former leaders and serving leaders in some African nations.

The previous president who spoke on Wednesday (November twenty fourth) at a strategic assembly of the West African Elders Discussion board (WAEF) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, stated that the antagonism between the previous leaders and present leaders don’t encourage the wholesome observe of democracy.

In a press release launched by his communications supervisor, Wealth Ominabo, the previous president reportedly stated;

“A grey space that we have to tackle is the antagonism noticed between former leaders and present leaders in some nations of the sub-region. This doesn’t encourage the wholesome observe of democracy.

“Additionally, in a few of our nations, the democratic house appears to be shrinking. Understanding how you can navigate by means of such a problem is critical to develop democracy in West Africa and the remainder of Africa.

“As a discussion board, we consider a lot in preventive diplomacy. Considered one of our objectives is to make sure that we consolidate the democratic positive aspects of our area by meaningfully participating completely different stakeholders in a practical and accountable method.

“Conferences like this present a possibility to look at the positive aspects, challenges and threats to peace and democracy in our sub-region and assist us strategize on how you can mediate in order that threats don’t escalate into conflicts.

“As Democrats, we consider that elections are the cornerstone of democracy, and actions surrounding the method may both damage or damage a nation’s growth aspirations. The election affords residents the chance to have a say of their nation and provides them the chance to take part within the means of recruiting the leaders of their nation.

“From current occasions in Africa, we are able to be taught a lesson in regards to the relationship between peaceable elections, the upkeep of democracy and nationwide stability. Because of this every course of main as much as the election is essential for the end result of the poll.

“In our sub-region, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia have scheduled normal elections subsequent 12 months and as we all know the elections could possibly be a serious set off for violence and instability on our continent.

“That’s the reason it will be important that we carefully monitor the electoral processes in these nations and look ahead to indicators that might precipitate the disaster.

“As elders, it’s our accountability to establish threats to transition packages in our sub-region and search methods to proactively interact related stakeholders in addressing these challenges. .”

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