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Ghana: President Buhari says democracy only acceptable form of governance in Africa  

President Muhammadu Buhari
President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the only form of governance acceptable in Africa in the 21st century is democracy.

Reacting to the reported attempted coup de tat in Ghana, Buhari, in a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), insisted that democratic elections is the only way to install and change administrations in the continent.

Full text of the statement reads:

Following the announcement of the interception of an attempted plot against the authorities in Ghana, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued the following statement:

“Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afrobarometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption. When you take on powerful and corrupt vested interests successfully, sometimes they seek to push back. As the saying goes, ‘if you fight corruption, corruption will fight back’.

“The only acceptable form of governance in our region in this 21st century is through democratic elections. It is the only way to install – and the only way to change – an administration. The days of coups and government without votes are over.

“All Africans hold the nation of Ghana in the highest esteem as the first post-colonial country to gain independence, and the first African country to hold multi-party elections by universal suffrage. Ghana is the first, true African democracy.

“We in Nigeria hold out – as always – our hands in support and friendship to our brothers and sisters in Ghana”.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 25, 2019

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