Lessons from Mali for Nigeria and West Africa - Defend Democracy

The removal of the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali by the military should serve as a warning to leaders across west Africa that popular demands for honest elections and for governments that fight corruption and poverty cannot be ignored. In an AllAfrica guest column, former Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki says that Ecowas - and nations like Nigeria - that support change at the ballot box, must oppose those  who flaunt popular will by rigging elections.

 

Protesters in Bamako opposed to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali welcome his outster in a military takeover.

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