The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD West Africa) has warned that democracy in Africa is under threat.
In a press release timed to coincide with this year’s International Day of Democracy, the CDD’s Director, Idayat Hassan said democracy in Africa faces a number of challenges, including military coups, electoral fraud, and the suppression of dissent.
The CDD also highlighted the importance of women’s and youth participation in democracy.
“Democracy is a shared responsibility, and its strength lies in the active engagement of all citizens,” the CDD said. “On this International Day of Democracy, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding democratic values, promoting inclusivity, and working together to overcome the challenges that threaten our shared democratic ideals.”
The CDD’s call for democracy and inclusivity in Africa is timely, as the continent faces a number of challenges to its democratic institutions.
In recent years, there have been military coups in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Guinea. In addition, there have been allegations of electoral fraud in a number of African countries, including Nigeria, Gabon, and Sierra Leone.
The CDD’s call is also important because of the growing number of young people in Africa. According to the United Nations, 60% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25. This young population has the potential to be a powerful force for democracy, but only if they are given the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.