The Director General (DG) of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Yusuf Bichi, says that the growing political instability in some African countries is the cause of the alienation of citizens from governments and authorities.
Bichi said this Thursday in Abuja during the 2022 Distinguished Person Conference organized by the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) for the participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 15).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture titled Building Democratic Culture in Africa: The Pains and Gains was delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Enugu University of Science, Prof. Aloysius Okolie.
The DSS boss represented by Mr. Brown Nkoaba, Director of Training at DSS, said deliberate efforts to ensure inclusion would ensure political stability on the continent.
He said the political culture needed to sustain liberal democracy could be described as weak in most postcolonial African nations.
Bichi said a lot has been achieved by some African leaders through focused leadership.
According to him, historically, there has been a significant transformation of political systems in many African countries and has enhanced regional security and development.
The DSS boss said significant institutional changes have taken root in many African countries, but added that much more needs to be done to elevate the continent to its place of prominence in world affairs.
“These are institutional changes that have moved from the racial apartheid regime in South Africa to a non-racial democracy.
“Many civilian and military dictatorships have succumbed to the establishment of rule of law based governance systems characterized by constitutionalism, including reforms such as pandemic observation in power.
“Many African countries are still struggling to deepen and institutionalize democratic intricacies and culture against government impunity, violation of human rights and abuse of executive powers,” he said.
According to him, it is gratifying to see that most African regional organizations are involved in the promotion of democracy.
He said that the foundations and institutions of political culture necessary to sustain liberal democracy could be described as weak for most of the postcolonial era.
Bichi said some governments across the African continent are becoming increasingly distant from the people who claim to represent.
The DSS boss said this has led to rising political instability in the region, as seen in some Central and West African countries in recent times.
Okolie in the conference, called on African leaders to harness the benefits that come with diversity. (NOPE)