Ex-British Foreign Secretary, Straw, says strong opposition good for Nigeria

Former British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Jack Straw, has said a strong opposition party would boost Nigeria’s democracy and welcomed the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the 2015 elections meet the aspirations of Nigerians. The call came as former Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr. John Bruton, urged the federal government to encourage Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora to return and contribute to the development of the country. Straw and Bruton spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday at a one-day international conference on democracy and good governance organised by the Rivers State Government at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt. In his lecture titled: ‘Democracy, Nationhood and Citizenship Rights, Freedom and Responsibilities in a Global Order,’ Straw listed a strong opposition party and a credible and transparent electoral process as some of the ingredients of democracy. He said the efforts of the APC to provide the Nigerian electorate with a viable opposition was good for Nigeria’s democracy and would further enrich the governance of the country…



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