Politics: Expert calls for practice of African democracy to create peace

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Prof. Atare Otite, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka has advised politicians to practice African democracy to create peace and national development.

Otite gave the advice during the 2020 Edition of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), South-South Regional Conference held in IUO, Okada on Monday.

“Let’s go back to our African democracy and the old way of elections in order to create a better political system.”

He urged the Federal Government to tackle insecurity in the country for peace to reign and ensure the development of the nation.

Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice Chancellor of IUO said that the attainment of scientific orientation in the study of politics had enhanced the attainment of relative global peace.

Ezemonye said that the peculiarity of the subject matters such as politics, leadership, development, public order and peaceful coexistence of man underscored the special relevance of the body to humanity.

“The subject is apt and exigent in this period in Nigerian history against the backdrop of enormous security upheavals and threats to life and property which is threatening our national unity and continuity,” he said.

He said the hosting by the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) was connected with issues relating to lives and property of all citizens.

Prof. Aloysius Okolie, the President, Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), represented by Prof. Hassan Salisu, Vice President of NPSA said that politics could  improve in the country if politicians could avoid conflicts.

“The situation of the country is hard and difficulty and it is not easy to organise this programme of this magnitude.

“The security situation in the country is bad; this is an opportunity by coming out with intellectual political ideas that can create national development.”

Okolie encouraged participants of the programme to develop ideas that could help politics to grow in the country.

Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, Professor of Political Science, University of Benin, advised African scholars to seek relevance to the resolution of societal problems through robust voices and conversations in political conferences.

He said that scholars should be ahead of their realities and provide critical thoughts to creating peace during elections in the country.


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