My take on the National Movement (TNM)

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By Hon Kawu Sumaila

As a Democrat, I am in support of any movement that will restore democratic principles and install good governance in line with international best practices such as Accountability, Transparency, Inclusiveness, Rule of Law, Effectiveness and Efficiency, Justice and Equity, Free, Fair, Transparent, Acceptable and periodic Elections.

Notwithstanding, the actors of TNM and their democratic antecedents mean a lot in the realization of the agenda. I am happy most of them are newborn Democrats; they are experiencing the reality of out-of-office life.

The biggest lesson we have learned from this, is when you are in the position of power, try to do justice, respect the rules of the game, allow democracy to work, especially in the area of local governments’ elections, internal democracy in our political parties, consensus building in the decision-making process and respecting the views of others.

Finally, I congratulate them and applaud their commitment and courage on embarking on these novel declarations. Moreover, I am looking forward to a close working relationship to make our country great again.

Kawu Sumaila, OFR is a former SSA to President on NASS (2015-2019) and former three times member of the House of Representatives.