Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has called on African leaders to establish a robust political foundation to foster the growth of democracy and economic power.
He spoke during his trip to Nigeria where he represented President William Ruto at the inauguration of the country’s 16th President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was also in attendance.
Mudavadi emphasised the importance of seizing the opportunity presented by shifting global dynamics to promote constitutionalism, progressive democracy, and adherence to the rule of law.
He stressed the need for African leaders to serve as exemplars who prioritise the well-being of their people and consistently uphold the principles of democracy.
"The tenets of democracy call for fidelity to the rule of law and adhering to the set guidelines stipulated under the constitution. African leaders should rise to the occasion and be an example of leaders who mean well for their people by applying what is right at all times," said Mudavadi.
Given the challenging economic climate experienced worldwide, Mudavadi highlighted the criticality of political stability, peace, and a sustainable democratic environment for African nations to establish a new economic frontier for sustainable growth.
He asserted that once African countries embrace political competition and allow the will of the people to prevail through transparent, credible, and accepted processes, the continent will rise as a global force.
He affirmed Kenya's commitment to continuous collaboration with Nigeria in various sectors, including agriculture, technology, renewable energy, and the service industry.
"Kenya is committed to continued collaboration with Nigeria on bilateral, trade, and diplomatic ties across many sectors ranging from agriculture, technology, renewable energy, and the service industry," said Mudavadi.
"I am honoured to represent Ruto in the ceremony and deliver his message of goodwill and best wishes on behalf of Kenyans to the new President. We wish President Tinubu a successful and peaceful tenure moving into the future as this is the ultimate expression of democracy, constitutionalism, and the rule of law."
He highlighted the potential in fully realising several other agreements, including the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Bilateral Air Service Agreement, the Bilateral Trade Agreement of 2014, and the MoU on a Five-Year multiple-entry VISA for prominent business persons.