African leaders who promote democracy over autocracy to join President Biden in December for a leaders’ summit for democracy. But Ethiopian, Cameroonian and Nigerian leaders may not be invited

African leaders who support and promote democracy over autocracy will be joining U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in December for his leaders’ summit for democracy.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Cameroon's President Paul Biya before the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on “Investing in Africa’s Future,” at the U.S. Department of State for the final day of the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Cameroon’s President Paul Biya before the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on “Investing in Africa’s Future,” at the U.S. Department of State for the final day of the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

However, African leaders likely not to be invited may include Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali who has been accused of grave human rights violations in Tigray, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari who is violating human rights in Africa’s most populous nation, and Cameroon’s Paul Biya who has been in power for almost 40 years and is the beneficiary of sham democratic elections.

Others may include the Eritrean leader Isaias Afwerki whose troops are committing atrocities in Tigray and many others, including King Mswati III of Eswatini and the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni, who do not believe in democracy or the rule of law, and of the people.

Buhari and Biden 
President Muhammadu Buhari with Joe Biden

“Today President Biden is pleased to announce that in December he will bring together leaders from a diverse group of the world’s democracies at a virtual Summit for Democracy, to be followed in roughly a year’s time by a second, in-person Summit,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

The virtual Summit, to take place on December 9 and 10, will galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights. 

“Following a year of consultation, coordination, and action, President Biden will then invite world leaders to gather once more to showcase progress made against their commitments. Both Summits will bring together heads of state, civil society, philanthropy, and the private sector, serving as an opportunity for world leaders to listen to one another and to their citizens, share successes, drive international collaboration, and speak honestly about the challenges facing democracy so as to collectively strengthen the foundation for democratic renewal,” the White House said.

President Joe Biden walks through the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) 
President Joe Biden walks through the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

It recalled that President Biden “has said that the challenge of our time is to demonstrate that democracies can deliver by improving the lives of their own people and by addressing the greatest problems facing the wider world.”

“In his first six months in office, the President has reinvigorated democracy at home, vaccinating 70% of population, passing the American Rescue plan, and advancing bipartisan legislation to invest in our infrastructure and competitiveness,” the White House wrote. “And he has rebuilt our alliances with our democratic partners and allies, rallying the world to stand up against human rights abuses, to address the climate crisis, and to fight the global pandemic, including by donating hundreds of millions of vaccine doses to countries around the globe.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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