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President, governors should resign before elections — Maitama Sule

President, governors should resign before elections — Maitama Sule

Alhaji Yusuf Maitaima Sule

Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, has said general elections in Nigeria are not seen to be credible because sitting president and governors conduct them.

Speaking as conference ambassador yesterday at the University of Calabar, during the premier edition of the Faculty of Arts International Conference, April 2016, the elder statesman advocated that sitting presidents and governors, who were seeking re-election, should resign before the conduct of the election.

Speaking on the theme ‘Globalisation and Democratic Values in Africa- Perspectives in Humanities’, Maitama Sule said Nigeria, and by extension most African states were still having problems with democratic governance because of the failure to incorporate  indigenous cultural backgrounds.

He said: “For true leaders to emerge in Nigeria and Africa, those seeking re-election, including the president and governors, must resign their positions and hand over to an interim administration that is non-partisan.”
The former UN permanent representative berated African leaders for attempting to entrench themselves in office through corruption and other negative tendencies.

He said: “When people are elected into office, they like to perpetuate their stay in office - this is wrong. When people get to power, they only try to enrich themselves - this is not democracy.

“There is no reason why our democracy in Nigeria and other parts of Africa should not be real democracy. Here in Nigeria, there is no reason why the different tribes should bring about disunity. All religions teach the same moral values.”

The elder statesman urged African leaders to embrace what he referred to as Africracy, which should evolve elements of local cultural backgrounds instead of the “wholesale western kind of democracy that is currently being practiced in the continent.”

“The democracy we are practising today in Nigeria and Africa is not Afro-centric; it is more of Euro-centric. The reason why we are having problem with our democracy is because we have not fashioned it in line with our cultural backgrounds. The democracy in France, Germany and the United States, are all different,” he added.

The event had in attendance a former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, ex-deputy Senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, a former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, among others.

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