US Congressman urges Africans leaders to emulate Mandela

Washington DC- US (PANA) -- US Congressman Donald Payne has urged African leaders to emulate the "one term" legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Payne made the appeal Tuesday in Washington DC at the launch of the Nigeria's image management project "The Heart of Africa".
"Mandela is a shining example of one term tenure as President, without seeking for a second term should be emulated by other African leaders," he said.
He said the "sit-tight" syndrome being exhibited by some African leaders was a contravention of the ethics and principles of democracy and good governance, which he also said undermines national growth and development.
Speaking on Africa's potential, the African-American congressman said the continent and its people have great endowment to develop trade, saying "it is this same continent that creates wealth for the West, but unfortunately remains poverty-stricken".
"As trade and investment increases in Africa, there will be a decrease in hunger and poverty," he added.
Payne told Nigeria and other African countries to focus on agriculture, in order to propel themselves to greater heights, noting that majority of African nations have fertile soils that they can adequately till to grow agricultural produce.
"In fact Nigerian soil and weather conditions is suitable for all- year round massive cultivation of different agricultural produce that would generate income for its people and the country," he noted.
Payne used the occasion to commend President Olusegun Obasanjo for championing democracy, peace and security in the African continent.
He concluded that Nigeria's leading role in Africa's development is recognisable globally and urged it not to relent in ensuring that its fellow African nations move along the path of development and prosperity.

05 december 2006 22:57:00

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