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Gbaja: Democracy Under Threat Across Africa — We Live…

Gbaja: Democracy Under Threat Across Africa — We Live In Dangerous Times
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

, according to Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, is far from realizing its full .

Gbajabiamila addressed the COSAP ( of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments) in Abuja on Monday.

He said military juntas have overthrown administrations in Sudan, Mali, Guinea, and Chad, putting the continent’s democracy in peril.

“We live in a time fraught with potential and , and every decision we make and every action we take has the potential to substantially remake our for or ,” he said.

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“This is, in effect, one of those defining historical . And when, as is inevitable, delivers its judgment, we will either be for doing the hard and necessary things that make for and or be reviled for squandering the opportunity of a generation.

“I believe that all of us are here because we recognise the historical significance of this moment and have determined to be on the right of ’s judgment.

“Africa has come of age. Yet there is no gainsaying that we are far from achieving the highest potential that we are able. Across the continent, democracy is under threat and in retreat. From Sudan to Mali, Guinea and Chad, have been usurped by military juntas, overturning of progress and the of millions.

“Even in the where governments are still in charge, public faith in the governing institutions is in an all-time low. When citizens confidence that a democratic can meet their expectations, democracy loses credibility and support and begins a death spiral. This is the reality in too many places across our continent.”

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