President Muhammadu Buhari has said having had a test of both military rule and civilian rule, he is convinced that multi-party democracy is the best government for Africa and countries of the world.
NewsOnline reports that Buhari said African countries can only achieve their full goals through democracy and not through military incursions in governance.
Buhari said this on Wednesday, at State House, in Abuja, while playing host to a delegation of Universal Peace Federation.
A statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser to Buhari, said the president wondered why some African countries were still descending into the abyss of unconstitutional change of government, saying: “I thought we had finally put that behind us.”
On the Peace Summit be ing planned for Abuja, to bring all African countries together before the end of this administration, President Buhari pledged Nigeria’s support, “relative to resources, to help in stabilizing neighboring countries.”
He decried the problems in the Sahel belt of the continent, lamenting that it is of great concern, as it affects both agriculture and businesses negatively.
The President described the interest of Universal Peace Federation Africa in the continent as “quite genuine,” saying he was very pleased with the development.
Dr. Katherine Rigney, Chairperson of the Federation in Africa, and Dr. Thomas Walsh, Chairman Universal Peace Federation International, said they believed the forthcoming summit in Nigeria “will top them all,” having held similar meetings in the past in Niger Republic, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, among others.
During the Abuja Summit, President Buhari will be given the Leadership and Good Governance Award, “as appreciation of the fantastic results you’ve brought to Nigeria, and a celebration of your anti-corruption credentials.”