Shettima affirms that Africa’s democracy is fragile


Africans have been advised by Vice President Kashim Shettima to look into the type of democracy practiced in their individual nations.

He claimed that there were problems with the world that plagued all of Africa, including the reason why its fragile democracy.

Shettima gave a speech on Tuesday at the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria’s 6th Annual Lecture/Conference in Abuja.

The vice president stated that issues cannot be resolved unless democracy in Africa is questioned, speaking through his Special Advisor on Political Matters, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

He said, “Africa as a whole has its issues with the world such as why our democracy is so fragile. This is our problem.

“The task we have is to put it on the table and ask why it is so difficult to sustain the democratic process in Africa.

“To stay within the democratic framework, it will be our decision as Africans to question the type of democracy we run and to ask what we need to do to fix it.

“If we cannot do it, we will all go our way because Africa shares fundamentals like its economy and political processes that we run.”

Nigeria will contribute to the restoration of peace in the Economic Community of West African States, the special adviser reassured everyone.

“We have issues in terms of membership in the ECOWAS, and Nigeria will do anything within its power to try and reintegrate and move beyond the problem that we have,” he stated.

Yusuf Tuggar, the minister of foreign affairs, stated in his remarks that everyone needs to work together to create a better democracy.

Tuggar noted, “Democracy is ideal. There is no perfect democracy. We must constantly work to achieve a great democracy.

“One of the 4Ds of President Bola Tinubu is Democracy and Nigeria is non-threatening to its neighbours.”

Formed in 1975 to encourage economic integration among its members, the 15-nation ECOWAS bloc has had difficulty in recent years reversing a spate of military coups in the area, which included those in Mali in 2020 and 2021, Burkina Faso in 2022, and Niger last year.

The African Continental Free commerce Area, which aims to promote intra-African commerce and strengthen the continent’s economic position in the international market, was put in jeopardy when three countries decided to leave ECOWAS.

The nations had previously been subject to economic sanctions by ECOWAS.

However, a few weeks ago, Nigeria’s former military ruler, General Yakubu Gowon, intervened and the sanctions were removed.

The choices were made with the unity and security of the African sub-region in mind, according to Omar Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission.

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