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Africa's Democracy is Fragile, Says Shettima


Vice President Kashim Shettima has expressed concern about the fragility of democracy in Africa and called for a critical examination of the democratic systems in place across the continent. 

Speaking at the 6th Annual Lecture/Conference of the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria in Abuja, Shettima emphasized the need to address the challenges facing African democracy.

During the event, Shettima, represented by his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, highlighted Africa's struggle with democratic processes and questioned why democracy remains so precarious in the region. 

He emphasized the importance of African nations taking ownership of their democratic systems and taking proactive steps to improve and sustain them.

Shettima also addressed Nigeria's role in promoting peace within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He pledged Nigeria's commitment to resolving issues within ECOWAS and contributing to regional stability.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, echoed Shettima's sentiments, stressing the ongoing efforts to enhance democracy in Africa despite its imperfections. 

Tuggar emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and processes.

The article also mentions challenges within ECOWAS, including recent military takeovers in member states and the resulting economic sanctions. 

However, these sanctions were lifted following diplomatic interventions, indicating a commitment to unity and security within the African sub-region.

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