The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani has called on African leaders to emulate the United States in building strong and independent institutions that can checkmate the excesses of public officeholders.
In a statement made available to the media from the United States, Mr Rafsanjani noted with disdain the US capitol invasion which was carried out by a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.
He said: “It is necessary to note that the US Capitol invasion by Trump supporters led his impeachment once gain by members of the U.S House of Representatives who cited incitement of insurrection as the reason.
“It is worthy of note that despite the fact that Trump is the sitting President of America, he could not manipulate the electoral process. He could not also ask legislature, judiciary, security or any government institutions to do his bidding.
“This can only happen in a functional society were institutions are strong, independent and not just mere rubber stamp.”
Comrade Rafsanjani congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration, urging them to uphold the rule of law and respect for international agreements and treaties.
“President Joe Biden must restore confidence in the role of America as the largest economy in the world which has a very significant responsibility for the peace, security, stability and progress of the world,” he added.
The CISLAC Boss who also doubles as chairman Board of Amnesty International Nigeria called on Mr Biden to respect human rights and fight corruption in not just America but in the world.
He stressed that the new American leader must build on existing protocols in keeping people safe and healthy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and work to advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world.
He noted that political parties and politicians should learn to play politics in a healthy way that does not promote violence or breed hatred citing the instance of the United States.
According to Mr Rafsanjani, “the Republican Party as the United States ruling party did not use state institutions to influence elections despite being in power. This is worthy of great emulation.”
He also congratulated the American people for a vibrant exercise of democracy in their country’s elections as he also looked forward to strengthening African-American relations, stressing that the strategic alliance is an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the dramatic challenges facing the world today.
While recalling what happened in Uganda, where the opposition were constantly subjected to state-sponsored oppression, Rafsanjani stressed that there was a need for stronger institutions in Africa and respect for values on the continent.
He stated that if there were institutions, such incidences would not have occurred in the manner in which it did.
While calling for a harmonious relationship between all arms of government, primarily for the overall benefits of the Nigerian masses; the CISLAC boss, however, said the legislature must checkmate the excesses of other arms of government.
Mr Rafsanjani also restated CISLAC’s commitment to help reposition Nigeria to benefit in terms of the economy, size, governance, fighting insurgency and corruption.