Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Wants African Leaders Build Justice, Rights Entities
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called on African Leaders to listen to the needs and aspirations of their people and learn lessons from Africa’s tragic history.
He said African leaders must see the legacy of pains, sufferings and injustices and appreciate the imperative of building institutions that offer justice to protect the rights of its citizens.
Vice President Boakai said Africans must draw inspiration from the struggle for independence and self-rule, rejecting the reliance on pity and sliding into dependence.
Vice President Boakai comments were contained in a keynote address delivered at the Nelson Mandela International Roundtable on Political Developments in Africa hosted by the Save Democracy Group Africa under the theme: “African Democracy, Constitutionalism and Leadership Emergence Pattern” convening in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to Vice President Boakai, Africa must take advantage of the explosion of youthful talents and innovations to harness its natural resources for the good of its people, stressing that this will enhance Africa’s global influence and economic independence adding, ”a truly democratic country puts the needs of the people above the egos of politicians.”
The Vice President noted that democracy is on the rise in Africa and in order to make it work for growth and development, African governments have to be accountable to their people, underscoring that governments are created to deliver public goods and services to their people and that the body of rights in our constitutions make this abundantly clear.”
Vice President Boakai pointed out that leaders must focus less on protecting their powers and work more to create vibrant domestic private sector that will become growth poles and job creators, a release from the Office of the Vice President quotes him as saying.
Noting further, Vice President Boakai said the greatest peril to African democracy has been a neglect of growing the entrepreneurial potentials of citizens and presenting government as the only option for employment, adding that governments can only employ so much and no more, and to ignore this basic principle often mount the course of self-destruction.
Vice President Boakai told the Roundtable that a good number of Africans want from their leaders enough food to eat, clean water to drink, housing, medical care and education.