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There are certain key factors militating against democracy, democratic conducts, and by extension, good governance in the developing world, particularly in the African continent. Therefore, this piece will open with the quotes below simply for reflections: Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples. Rigoberta Menchú Nobel Laureate Winner for Peace and civil rights activist. Rigoberta, 60 years old is a strong voice as a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation in Guatemala and the Western world. I should make it clear that one important reason why human society is unstable and full of conflicting emotions is because of the tendency to intensify rivalry beyond their normal course. After all, our leaders fought the good fight with all their might because they believed in the righteousness of their causes; and history has proved them right. But they also knew that in a team of many players all cannot be elected captains since it is generally accepted that more than one captain cannot run a ship efficiently Nnamdi Azikiwe In his inauguration speech as the first African Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the federation of Nigeria. I am convinced, and I want you also to be convinced, that the future of this vast country must depend, in the main, on the efforts of ourselves to help ourselves. This we cannot do if we do not work together in unity. Indeed, unity today is our greatest concern, and it is the duty of every one of us to work so that we may strengthen it. This morning I said in the House of Representatives that bitterness due to political differences would carry Nigeria nowhere, and I appealed to the political leaders throughout the country to control their party extremists. To you who are listening tonight I repeat that appealLet us put away bitterness and go forward in friendship to Independence. — Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – Inaugural Speech ss first Prime Minister of Nigeria in 1957. Violence never settles anything right: apart from injuring your own soul, it injures the best cause. It lingers on long after the object of hate has disappeared from the scene, to plague the lives of those who have employed it against their foes. – Obafemi Awolowo PURSUIT OF POLITICAL AMBITION…

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