Emphasising why Africa should leverage this challenge to look inward, the former President observed that such efforts would produce home grown solutions.
â€œThose who are managing the crisis must look at the circumstances of their nations. The issue of lockdown for example should be enforced in consideration of the peculiar circumstances of African nations.
Jonathan also made a case for good governance, stressing that â€œissues of justice, democracy, equality and the rule of law are the necessary conditions to achieving a prosperous and peaceful continent.â€
He said further: â€œThe agenda 2063 is quite robust and interesting as it gives a blueprint on how to transform Africa into a global political and economic powerhouse that youth and women will be proud of where their dreams, and talents will be realised.
But we cannot realise this without peace, good governance, and strong institutions. Good governance will strengthen our institutions, until we have strong institutions, as we cannot move forward as a continent. We must come up with policies that will lead to the industrialisation of the continent. We must encourage democracy and conduct credible and transparent elections.
Highlighting the effect of COVID-19 and the need for interdependence among Africa nations, the former president noted: â€œThe post COVID-era will be very challenging for many nations, because with the lockdown of our economies, poverty may likely go up. We need to increase trade within the continent, presently, intra-Africa trade is just about 18 percent compared to the EU that is up to 80 percent. If we can increase intra-African trade to 40 percent, it will significantly boost the economies of our nations.â€œ