- Governor Kayode Fayemi has described the 20 years unbroken democracy in Nigeria as positive
- Fayemi said some developed countries in the world have yet to achieve a perfect democracy
- According to him, the balance sheet of democratisation in Nigeria is more positive than negative
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, declared that Nigeria's democracy has witnessed more positive than negative.
Channels TV reports that Fayemi said although the nation has not attained the best of heights, it has recorded a significant improvement.
“I think the balance sheet of democratisation in Nigeria is more positive than negative. Life is not just about positives; its also about negatives and the balance sheet is what makes the difference," he said.
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The NGF chairman said his roles and journey from the military days through the emergence of sustainable democracy put him in a better position to appreciate the value of democracy.
He explained that it is a process, stressing that some developed countries in the world have yet to achieve a perfect democracy.
According to Fayemi, there is no way reversal and challenges will not be encountered by the good news that democracy has continued to improve in the country. He urged Nigerians to support the government at all levels in order to leverage and sustain the progress made since 1999 when the nation returned to democratic rule.
The governor said: “Is it perfect? No, it’s not perfect; but have we made an improvement. We have made significant improvement and we can all see those improvements around us, but we can also see challenges around us and that’s what life is about.
“I have a deeper appreciation of when I wasn’t able to come into my own country as a free citizen who is committed to a better Nigeria and now that I have become a player in the process, I’m not suggesting that 20 years of democracy has provided and succeeded in making Nigeria an Eldorado.
“Even in the countries that have matured democracy over centuries, they haven’t succeeded in doing that.”
Legit.ng had reported that Governor Fayemi was elected as chairman of NGF during a meeting of the forum in Abuja.
The Ekiti state governor had been the favourite to pilot the affairs of the forum after the governors reportedly rejected Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
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