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African countries must comply with precepts of democracy – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday encouraged nations in Africa to agree to precepts of multi-party democracy.

Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, settled on the decision while accepting the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said: “I was in Gambia physically at least two times. It was the least we could do to stabilize the region.

“We have accepted multi-party democracy, and we must comply with its tenets. By supporting you, we were supporting ECOWAS.

“We are dealing with our own troubles here, but we will continue to support you bilaterally, and through ECOWAS.”

President Buhari challenged African nations to keep teaching their people on democracy.

“The future of our countries lies in our hands. We must respect our people, and appreciate their support. And when the people do the right things, they do themselves a lot of favour,” he said.

The president guaranteed Gambia of Nigeria’s help ahead of the small West African nation’s election scheduled for one year from now.

Barrow said he was in Nigeria to express gratitude toward President Buhari for his courageous support since 2017.

“You have given us technical support in the Ministry of Education, in Ministry of Justice, and in many other areas. We are grateful,” the Gambian president said.

He added that Gambia was recuperating from 22 years of dictatorship, security issues, lack of infrastructure, and a parlous economy.

Barrow revealed to Buhari that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission had been set up to review injustices acts of the past and mend the wounds.


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