The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, GJF, has called on African leaders to safeguard democracies in the continent through adherence to the rule of law and delivery of good governance.
The GJF Executive Director, Ms Ann Iyonu, advised in a statement issued by the foundation’s Communications Officer, Mr Wealth Ominabo, to mark the 2021 International Day of Democracy.
An Agency report containing this information revealed that the International Day of Democracy is celebrated worldwide on Sept. 15 each year.
The foundation also called on the government to deliver on the promises of good governance, prioritise credible elections and guarantee the rights of all citizens.
Iyonu expressed worry over the essential values of democracy, such as the rule of law, separation of powers, and constitutionalism that many African countries no longer adhered to.
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The trend, according to GJF, posed a threat to the survival of the continent’s democracy.
She said democracy as a form of government is a platform for achieving peace, equality, justice, inclusion and sustainable development.
However, he said that in many African countries today, the essential values of democracy such as the rule of law, separation of powers and constitutional term limits are no longer adhered to.
“This situation poses a threat to the survival of democracy in Africa, as the promises of peace, justice and human freedoms are daily betrayed,’’ she said.