Former President Goodluck Jonathan who is presently in the US, spoke on the need for strong democratic institutions and credible elections at the City of Newark in New Jersey yesterday April 21st.
According to Jonathan, the renaissance of Africa will come if we get leadership right by perfecting the law of process by which leaders are chosen.
“Today, African leaders are being empowered or dis-empowered by the people directly through free and fair election.
He said when leaders are selected through credible elections they have the legitimacy and moral courage to make bold decisions.
He explained that for election to be credible leaders must value the process over the products of that process and citizen must trust the electoral body.
He said Africa leaders must always be ready to rise to the occasion by planting trees whose shade they may never enjoy.
Jonathan said “As the process of strengthening our democratic institutions continues, the future of Africa is indeed bright, I see a bright Africa.”