As Africa marks A.U. Day, a Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has advised leaders to strengthen and champion democracy on the continent.
Mr. Mohammed Abass believes democracy is the way forward towards achieving peace and stability on the continent which is part of the core mandates for the establishment of the A.U.
Speaking in an interview with David Apinga on Focus FM, the lecturer articulated that, “a lot has been achieved in liberating the continent from colonial rule and the level of development in the areas of education and health is worth celebrating”.
He however opines that, “the real challenge is how we can institutionalise our democracy which we are struggling to achieve including Ghana; we keep referring to Ghana’s democracy as an infant one. Instead of talking about peace and stability, we should talk about democracy which is the instrument that can actually give us this peace and stability”.
Mr. Abass thinks African leaders should do more to help their countries and questions what they have been able to achieve after the strides of the forefathers who established the organisation.
“that is where if u reflect on, then of course we can’t raise our heads high, the challenges are enormous and efforts do not match up,” he lamented.
He also counselled all and sundry to play active roles in helping African leaders to solve the enormous problems faced by the continent adding that, “in our case so many things has to be done simultaneously; democracy, at the same time economic development, liberating our people from self imposed slavery, poverty etc. Ours is quite involving and the leaders need help from civil society, international community so that together we can make progress”.
By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi