Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal has charged African Lawyers to fight against arbitrary exercise of power by elected politicians in the continent.
Alhaji Tambuwal gave the advice when he delivered a keynote address at the 2020 Virtual Conference of the African Bar Association (AfBA) in Niamey, Niger Republic.
The Governor specifically challenged Lawyers in the continent to ensure that right policies are put in place to engender effective business environment, greater capacity, technology, product innovation and access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). These he says would improve employment generation, enhance productivity, and promote social inclusion.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, maintained that this was the time to insist that every country in Africa should be governed according to the wishes of the people and dictates of their constitutions. Democracy, he declared, promotes political inclusiveness and rule of law.
“The rule of strong men and military dictatorship which was the hallmark of leadership for an exceptionally long time in our continent did not lead to sustainable progress.
As lawyers, who are trained to promote the rule of law and ensure that the society is governed in accordance with the laws, we have a bounden responsibility to speak out on the side of the people”.
Speaking further at the conference themed, “Resetting Africa’s Socio-Economic and Political Agenda in Post Covid-19 Era”, Alhaji Tambuwal said, “given the fact that no meaningful progress has been made since, after the political decolonisation of the continent”, there was the need to reset agendas to align with the current socio-economic and political realities.
While noting that coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), has dealt a heavy blow to efforts made by the continent towards integration and harmony, Alhaji Tambuwal said, “How we respond as a continent will determine how quickly we will get back on track, failure of which we risk reversing the gains achieve over the years”.