Former Nigerian leader Obasanjo cautions Africans against trusting too much in democracy

Former Nigerian leader Obasanjo cautions Africans against trusting too much in democracy

Democracy is being linked to the development in Africa but many like former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, are still of the view that it is not an antidote to the many problems bedeviling the continent.

The former president was sharing his views in an interview he granted Kyenkyenhene Boateng on "21 minutes with KKB" that was first reported by Mynewsgh.com.

The former Nigerian leader is quoted as saying: “Democracy is not a destination, it is a journey and that is very important. There is no country that can claim I have got to the end of the journey. We are all making progress…that is the first thing."

According to him, democracy which is not an end in itself, must inure to the benefit of the citizenry, urging people to be measured in their expectations of democracy.

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He reportedly continued: "“Democracy is not the end in itself it is the benefit to the citizens that is what democracy is all about.

Even the simple definition of government by the people for the people is very important. Nowadays we talk of dividends of democracy for the people.”

He described democracy as a complete failure if it fails to deliver reiterating that the essence is what it can deliver to the citizens to improve on their well-being.

The former Nigerian president was in Ghana to launch a book by politics author, Greg Mills.

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Meanwhile, a member of the Ghana Disability Movement, Elvis Alipui, on Friday, January 25, 2019, urged Persons with Disability (PWDs) to accept marriage proposals among themselves since the able-bodied persons often refused marriage proposals from them.

He noted that almost 90% of married PWDs were marriages contracted between one disabled person and another because of societal discrimination and stigmatisation.

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