Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has made a case for inclusivity as a means of consolidating democracy and promoting peace and progress in Africa.
In the face of increasing military coups on the continent, especially in West Africa, Dr. Jonathan added that inclusivity and good governance are what the people need to convince them that civilian administrations are better than military governments.
The former President who spoke on Tuesday at the Second Annual Retreat of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Special Envoys, High Representatives organized by International IDEA in Abuja also urged leaders to work for the interest of all and avoid actions that could further divide the people and polarize their nations.
According to him, democracy would serve the people better if African leaders at all levels respect the laws of their nations.
“In Africa democracy is currently facing many challenges including resurgence of coup d’état, citizen disenchantment, rising insecurity and tough economic situations for which special panels like this one is expected to interrogate and proffer solutions.
“I have always said that there is a strong connection between democracy and development, hence the need to deepen democracy, make it more inclusive and strengthen the institutions of governance, towards building a stable and prosperous society.”
Speaking further, Dr. Jonathan noted that the issue of inclusivity is a key part of the discussions for improving the convergence principle mentioned in ECOWAS Protocol on democracy and good governance.
He charged the participants at the two-day high level retreat to come up with “concrete and actionable recommendations to respond in a sustainable and inclusive manner to these complex situations.”
Special Adviser to H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan