The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) on Tuesday called on African leaders to safeguard democracies in the continent through the adherence to the rule of law and delivery of good governance.
In a statement to mark the 2021 International Day of Democracy, Communications Officer of the Foundation, Wealth Dickson Ominabo, quoted Ms Ann Iyonu, Executive Director of GJF as saying that “essential values of democracy such as the rule of law, separation of powers and constitutionalism are no longer adhered to in many Africa countries.”
This trend, the Foundation said, poses a threat for the survival of the continent’s democracy.
The full statement reads: “The Good luck Jonathan Foundation ( GJF) joins the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s International Day of Democracy.
“Democracy as a form of government is a platform for achieving peace, equality, justice, inclusion and sustainable development.
“However, 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.
“To safeguard our democracies from further recession and attacks, we call in governments to deliver on the promises of good governance, and prioritise free and credible elections and guarantee the rights of all citizens.
“Democracy flourishes in an atmosphere of peace, freedom and justice. This is the route we should follow to shore up our democracies and make democracy meaningful to all citizens.”