Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, yesterday in Abuja, said the multi-party system of governance in Nigeria and Africa in general was the panacea to deepening democracy on the continent.
He called for a total integration of the continent.
The President gave the submission while delivering the inaugural flagship lecture of the Kukah Center titled, “How to Make Democracy Work for Africa.”
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for making the fight against corruption a centre feature of his administration.
In the event were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Senate President Bukola Saraki, represented by Sen. Monsura Sunmonu; Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, amongst others.
He used Ghana as a case study, explaining that having tried everything else, Ghanaians finally reached a consensus that a multi-party system of governance was the best way to go.
He said, “I hesitate to preach to any one on this particular subject. I would only say that we in Ghana, having tried everything else, have finally reached a consensus that multi-party system of governance works best for us.
“Our fourth republic has lasted for 25 years under a multi-party constitution. Indeed, we celebrated its silver jubilee on the 7th of January. We are stable and there had been three peaceful changes of government from a ruling party to an opposition party during the fourth republic.
“I must also encourage the African Union (AU) member countries to demonstrate a commitment to strengthening and protecting the institutions and cultures of democratic governance; respecting human rights, religious freedom, the empowerment of women, and the rights of the individual and minorities, building strong market economies and facilitating the free movements of people, knowledge, goods and services across member states.
“It is time to make sure that we have a genuine separation of powers between the various arms of governments. Our parliaments, the legislative arms of government, must grow into their proper roles as effective machineries for accountability and oversight of their executives.
“Our judiciaries must also inspire confidence in the citizens so that we can all see the cause as ultimate impartial arbiters when disputes arise as they would. It is only when our public institutions are working as they should that we would be able to confront and deal effectively with the cancer of corruption which has been the bane of our development.”
Source: Daily Post