By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja declared that multi-party democracy was the best system of government.
He said that his declaration stemmed from his experiences, both as military head of state and as civilian president.
He made the declaration when he hosted a delegation of the Universal Peace Federation Africa that visited him.
Buhari said that he wondered why some African countries were still descending into the abyss of unconstitutional change of government, saying: “I thought we had finally put that behind us.’’
On the Peace Summit, being planned for Abuja to bring all African countries together before the end of his administration, Buhari pledged Nigeria’s support, “relative to resources to help in stabilising neighbouring countries’’.
He decried problems in the Sahel belt of the African continent, lamenting that it was of great concern, as they impacted negatively on agriculture and on businesses.
The president described the interest of the Universal Peace Federation Africa in Africa as “quite genuine’’, saying he was very pleased at the development.
In their remarks, Chairperson of the Federation in Africa, Ms Katherine Rigney and Dr Thomas Walsh, Chairman, Universal Peace Federation International, said that they believed the Abuja summit “will top them all’’.
Similar meetings had been held in the past in Niger Republic, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe, and in South Africa, among countries.
Rigney said that Buhari would be given the Leadership and Good Governance Award at the Abuja Summit.
“This is in appreciation of the fantastic results you have brought to Nigeria, and a celebration of your anti-corruption credentials,’’ she said.