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Obasanjo Calls for African-Centric Democratic Model at Abuja Summit

Obasanjo Urges African Leaders to Re-evaluate and Adapt Western-Inherited Democracy at Abuja Summit

Abuja, Nigeria – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on African leaders to re-evaluate the model of democracy inherited from the West. Speaking at the Summit on the State of Democracy in Africa held at the Yar’adua Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Obasanjo emphasized the need for a democratic system that aligns with African heritage and prioritizes the welfare of its people.

Obasanjo urged the creation of a unique African democratic model that works for all citizens. He highlighted the importance of African leaders demonstrating a steadfast commitment to the people’s well-being.

“For democracy to be effective in Nigeria and across Africa, it must be grounded in good leadership, robust institutions, and the rule of law,” Obasanjo stated. He defined democracy as governance by the people’s consent, characterized by a clear mandate from the electorate, free from corruption, and focused on the masses’ welfare.

The summit, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation with support from the Ford Foundation and Trust Africa, centered on the progress, challenges, and threats to democracy in Africa.

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