What Africa Needs Above All: The Rule of Law

Written by MCJStaff   // February 21, 2014   // 0 Comments

 

A protestor sports a an anti-corruption T-shirt  on January 9, 2012 in Lagos during a demonstration against the more than doubling of petrol prices after government abolished fuel subsidies. Thousands of people heeded the unions' call to stage protest rallies across Africa's most populous country. Police shot dead a protester in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on January 9 during a national strike over fuel prices.  AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

A protestor sports a an anti-corruption T-shirt on January 9, 2012 in Lagos during a demonstration against the more than doubling of petrol prices after government abolished fuel subsidies. Thousands of people heeded the unions’ call to stage protest rallies across Africa’s most populous country. Police shot dead a protester in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on January 9 during a national strike over fuel prices. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Dr Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim, the African telecoms entrepreneur who built the mobile phone company Celtel, is president and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. In 2007, he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which awards a $5 million initial payment (over 10 years) and a $200,000 annual payment for life to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and democratically transfer power to their successors.

“If we are to build grassroots respect for the institutions and processes that constitute democracy,” Mo Ibrahim writes for Project Syndicate, “the state must treat its citizens as real citizens, rather than as subjects. We cannot expect loyalty to an unjust regime. The state and its elites must be subject, in theory and in practice, to the same laws that its poorest citizens are.”

Read the full article at project-syndicate.org.


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