Democracy Has Come to Stay in Africa – Yemi Osinbajo

Kingsley Kanayo

The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said peaceful elections and transitions from one government to the other in African countries is an indication that democracy has come to stay in the continent.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said Osinbajo made the statement Monday in Conakry, Guinea at the inauguration of Prof. Alpha Conde’s second term in office.

Osinbajo, who was in Conakry to represent President Muhammadu Buhari, said: “It shows that democracy has come of age in Africa. All over, you can see the demonstration of peaceful elections, peaceful transitions from one government to another.”

He explained that the conduct of peaceful elections in African countries, “points to the fact that democratic elections in Africa could produce leadership in the right way.”

While lauding the leadership of the Guinean president and congratulating the people, Osinbajo described Conde as “a great leader, a person who has committed himself to developing his people; a leadership that focuses on development of infrastructure and human capital.”

Besides African presidents, dignitaries from Nigeria who attended the ceremony included leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, from Osun, former federal ministers, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Mr. Demola Seriki.


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