The President of Liberia, George Weah, is expected to arrive the country on February 6 in Lagos to speak on the practice of democracy in Africa at a conference organised by the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL).
This disclosure was made by the Senior Vice President of the centre, Rasheed Adegbenro on Thursday.
The Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Hassan Kukah, is also expected to speak on the practice of democracy in Africa at the conference, with the theme “Is Democracy Making Life Better in Africa?”
Adegbenro said the conference was part of the organisation’s social service initiatives in the last 15 years to enhance national development and make life better for the citizenry.
“One of our objectives is to make policy interventions.
“When we make policy interventions, the government is more likely to listen to us and make policy changes that will benefit the lives of the citizens.
“This year, we are taking a look at a very sensitive issue which borders on democracy.
“We are asking the big question: Is Democracy making life better for us in Africa?’’
“We were told by the Western World that democracy would ensure new investments and make life better for everybody in the developing world by attracting Foreign Direct Investment.
“We have been practising democracy for over 20 years now in Nigeria and we have not moved forward the way we ought to.
“Questions are arising and we really need to know if democracy is bringing us the desired development,” he said.
Other discussants expected at the panel include Femi Falana (SAN); a former Managing Director of Guardian Newspapers, Emeka Izeze; and the proprietor of an NGO, Toyin Akerele.
He said CVL was providing a platform outside the normal intervention frameworks available to government to generate ideas.