Jonathan Seeks Youth Inclusion In Governance

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Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has called on leaders at all levels to take actions that will deepen citizens’ trust and ensure more youth participation in governance.

Jonathan, who is also the Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, made the call in a message to mark this year’s International Day of Democracy and stressed that for democracy to endure, the promises of freedom, peace and justice must be felt and experienced by the population.

According to a statement signed by the Communications Officer of Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Mr Wealth Ominabo, on Friday, Jonathan noted that democracy draws its strength from the people and flourishes when there is a great sense of ownership and inclusiveness among citizens in government.

He said this year’s theme, ‘Empowering the Next Generation’, is a call to action on governments across nations and other stakeholders to accommodate more young people in governments and make more investments in the youth, who are critical stakeholders in our democracy.

The statement reads, “On behalf of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, I send my warm greetings to you as we celebrate this year’s International Day of Democracy.

“Democracy has become a global culture of governance because of its inherent values and virtues of freedom, human rights, equity, justice and inclusiveness.

“Democracy is an important means towards achieving peace and national aspirations because it puts citizens at the centre of governance, entrusting them with the power to determine how their country is governed and who governs them.

“Participation of citizens in governance helps to build trust, ensure accountability, foster unity and promote good governance.

“Democracy draws its strength from the people. It flourishes when there is a great sense of ownership and inclusiveness of citizens in government.

“Democracy is experiencing a global decline. In Africa, it is challenged by shrinking civic space, weak institutions, election irregularities, poverty and unconstitutional change of government. We need to prioritise social security issues and access to justice and de-emphasise ethnic and divisive politics to ensure that democracy thrives.

“This year’s theme, ‘Empowering the Next Generation’, is a call to action on governments across our nations and other stakeholders to accommodate more young people in governments and make more investments in the youth who are critical stakeholders in our democracy.

“The promises of freedom, peace and justice must be felt and experienced by the population for democracy to endure.

“On this occasion of International Democracy Day 2023, I call on stakeholders at all levels to take actions that will build trust and faith and guarantee the hope of citizens in their country.”

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