- Ayuba Wabba, the president of the Nigerian Labour congress and congratulated Nigerians on the 2018 Democracy Day celebration
- Wabba said May 29 reminds all Nigerians that the country is on a democratic journey
- He however noted that Nigeria's democracy only serves the political class
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, May 28, said that Nigeria's democracy is only serving the political class.
The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba said the nation's democracy only benefitted the political class and not one ordinary Nigerian since its advent in 1999.
In a statement released to mark Nigeria's 19th Democracy Day, Wabba congratulating Nigerian workers said May 29 reminds all Nigerians that the country is on a democratic journey.
He said the day affords all citizens the time to review the progress of the journey so far especially in building a just society.
Wabba said: "There is no doubt that the mention of ‘people’ thrice in the definition of democracy is not a coincidence. It is only a statement of fact that the people are the fulcrum of democracy."
“So, for us in Nigeria, it is perfectly fitting to ask ourselves ‘how has democracy served the people of Nigeria?’ In our view, 18 years is long enough a time to ask ourselves ‘how much progress have we made as a people in our democratic journey?’
The truth is that 18 years of democracy has come with very sparse rewards for the Nigerian people," Wabba said.
“While we celebrate democracy’s irreplaceable gift of freedom, liberty and popular representation, the truth remains that this democracy has served the political class and not the average Nigerian.
“Unfortunately, those we elected to serve as democratic leaders have not only turned around to serve themselves but continue to exploit every given opportunity to turn the rest of us into paupers in our own land.
“Beside the frequent unlawful dipping of fingers into the public till, everything including salaries, pensions, perquisites, ways and means are skewed in their favour to the exclusion of workers," the NLC president added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that one of Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, had urged the federal government to work towards ending insecurity in Nigeria.
Atiku advised the FG to end all blame game and focus on riding the country of criminals, killer herdsmen and insurgency.
He said Nigeria's current challenges requires new thinking and strategies which should take into account the sacrifices made by democrats who fought hard to enthrone democracy.
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