Robert FranklinRobert M. Franklin Jr., Candler’s incoming holder of the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership, was quoted in an article reporting on a speech by the leader of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC) warning against rigging in upcoming elections. The article appeared in the April 24 edition of The Punch, a daily newspaper in Nigeria.

In his speech, APC head Asiwaju Bola Tinubu warned that any who rig upcoming gubernatorial elections in the Nigerian states of Ekiti and Osun, would be “roasted.” Tinubu went on to criticize government corruption, unemployment and economic disparity, and the rise of terrorism in the northeast region of Nigeria.

Franklin, who was visiting Nigeria at the time, acknowledged that inequality is a real threat to democracy not only in Nigeria, but in Africa as a whole.

“Unless plans for a democratization of opportunity and a shared prosperity are in place, as Nigeria’s economy grows and the West African region becomes more robust, we could see vast inequalities in wealth and power that have occurred in western industrial nations.”

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