- All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulated Nigerians as the country marks 2018 democracy day
- On its part, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demanded accountability from political office holders
- The SDP, however said Nigeria’s experience rather calls for finger-biting over failed expectations
The All Progressives Congress (APC), NLC and SDP have congratulated Nigerians on the 2018 democracy day celebration
In a statement by Bolaji Abdullahi, APC's national publicity secretary, the party boasted of a stronger democracy and polity 19 years after returning to democratic rule.
The party called on Nigerians to work collectively to improve democracy “because regardless of its imperfections, democracy remains the best form of government that can best serve the interest of our people.”
It also pledged commitment to address the country’s current challenges, urging all Nigerians to continue to pray and support the current administration’s effort to build a peaceful and greater nation.
"Remarkably, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has continued in the country’s proud tradition of being a bastion of democracy in the sub-region and across the world, as seen in the current administration’s lead intervention in ensuring representative governance and peaceful transition of power in the Gambia.
"On this momentous occasion, we should congratulate ourselves on the strides we have made in our political journey as a country since independence. For one, military rule is now distant memory in Nigeria. We must now work collectively to improve our democracy because regardless of its imperfections, democracy remains the best form of government that can best serve the interest of our people
"As a party in government, our commitment to address our current challenges, which find expression in the economy and security, remain unshaken. We urge all Nigerians to continue to pray and support the current administration’s effort to build a peaceful and greater nation," the statement read.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) however said 19 years of democratic rule should have called for “drum-beating and dancing, but Nigeria’s experience rather calls for finger-biting over failed expectations”.
“In spite of this situation, we wish to congratulate Nigerians because in the last 19 years, there has been a seamless transition of government from one administration and even party to another in tandem with the spirit of ‘demoskratos’, the Greek-word origin of democracy, which means the power of the people,” the party said.
On its part, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demanded accountability from political office holders, as Nigeria celebrates 2018 democracy day.
NLC president stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja where he congratulated Nigerian workers on the commemoration of the day.
“We reason that Nigerian workers are frequently turned into cannon fodder by the Nigerian political elite in their high stakes political games and mindless scramble for the commonwealth.
“Despite escalating costs of living, devaluation of the Naira and general hardship in the land, the Nigerian workers are still forced to survive on N18, 000 as minimum wage with not a few states owing backlog of salaries and pensions.
“Pensioners in not a few states wallow in misery and unimaginable suffering, while the political elite led by state governors take in advance whopping severance packages to which they are not entitled in the first place.
“How well has this democracy uplifted the spaces where we live and work? Without prejudice to the effort of this government, our infrastructure is still in tatters. Our roads are impassable and public electricity supply remains epileptic.
“Our schools and health facilities have become sorry relics of what they used to be in the first decade post-independence,’’ he said.
He also noted that the spate of killings, violence and insecurity across the country had further traumatised the hapless citizenry.
He said in the light of the foregoing, May 29, Democracy Day should not be devoted to false homage to democracy.
He said that rather, it should be devoted to soul-searching and truth-telling, and commitment from all and Nigerians.
“This day avails us a great opportunity to demand for accountability from our leaders, especially, governors, and also from ourselves as citizens of a great country that has potential to be greater.
“It is a day for us to shift from our pliant position as citizens to a position of virility, vitality, proactivity or of asking questions, especially, those who have appropriated the machinery of democracy to feather their nests.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 29, delivered a speech to mark the 19th year of Nigeria’s democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of his administration.
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