Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on citizens of African nations to exercise vigilance as many leaders with dictatorial tendencies would hide under the guise of COVID-19 fight to display them.
He disclosed this Friday during a webinar organised by the Kofi Annan Foundation.
“This is the time that many continental bodies must come up with their own minimum standards for any country going into election to operate.
“Otherwise people who ordinarily would have loved to be dictators will now exploit the problem of the COVID-19 pandemic and do what is not in line with the laws of the land,” Jonathan said.
The ex-president noted that many African nations had good stories to tell about leadership responsibility during this trying time.
He added that the efforts of state governors in combating the global pandemic in Nigeria remains one of the “positives”.
“In Nigeria, I have seen one thing about the management of the COVID-19 which is also positive.
“We’ve seen the role played by the state governments, and some of the state governments are even looking post-COVID-19 era the economy of their people.
“And I have seen what could be described as the devolution of powers with the governors,” Jonathan.