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Jonathan Remains a Hope for Democracy in Africa – Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga

Former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has described former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, as hope for democracy in Africa.

He stated this at the 2016 Zik lecture series at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

He said, Jonathan, by conceding defeat in the 2015 election, gave credibility to electoral process in Nigeria and Africa.

“Before then most African leaders would not concede defeat as an incumbent,” Odinga said.

Odinga, who spoke as a guest lecturer on the topic “The crises of nation-states in Africa,” noted that the bane of the African continent were dictatorship, corruption and ethnicity.

“Ethnicity is the disease of the elite. They are the people who would always fan the embers of ethnicity and divisive tendencies whenever they lose their selfish interest,” he said.

He commended the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption.

The former Kenyan Prime Minister described the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as a foremost Pan-Africanist, adding that Azikiwe’s pioneering role in the liberation of the African continent was unprecedented.

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