- Connected Development has charged the federal government on the need to empower Nigerians socially, economically and politically
- The society group's advise was in commemoration of June 12 as Nigeria's new Democracy Day
- The group noted that true democracy will be achieved when the citizens of Nigeria are empowered in every sense and their collective voices are heard
Leading civil society group, Connected Development (CODE), has charged the Federal Government on the need to empower its citizens socially, economically and politically.
CODE's advise to the government was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday in commemoration of June 12 as Nigeria's new Democracy Day.
According to CODE, true democracy thrives on inclusive government, the assurance of fundamentals human rights and the freedom of the press.
“These are factors that promote good governance and peaceful co-existence of people of diverse cultural, religious and ethnic society,” a statement signed by CODE's chief executive, Hamzat Lawal, noted.
Lawal further stated that Nigeria has witnessed fluctuations in economic activities, high rate of insecurity and the blurring of the middle class in its socio-economic spectrum.
He added that political rivalry, resource allocation conflicts, ethnic and religious issues have posed as gridlocks to an effective democratic governance in the country and called on the federal government to deliver on the pillars of democracy that will bring about significant development and a thriving economy.
According to Lawal, it is imperative for the leadership of the country to adopt sustainable growth measures that will lead to the implementation of the road-map for improved electricity, strengthen the quality of education and curtail the increasing number of out-of-school children.
He also urged government at all levels to address housing challenges, urgently provide solutions to the huge deficit in healthcare facilities, erect functional infrastructures, promote the ease of doing business, provide standard social services and secure lives of the Nigerian people.
He added that true democracy will be achieved when the citizens of Nigeria are empowered in every sense and their collective voices are heard.
“Without rectifying these issues, the repercussion will be a situation where a few benefits and the masses suffer. We hope to see a Nigeria that is truly democratic, where the rule of law and respect for the Nigerian constitution is upheld.
“As Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day, we must remember the labours of our past heroes who lost their lives in the consistent agitation for democratic governance in Nigeria,” Lawal stated.
Meanwhile, the president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Almustapha Asuku Abdullahi has stated that the celebration of June 12 carries a huge significance for Nigerian youths and older Nigerians.
The NYCN president made the comment on Wednesday, June 12, while addressing journalists in Abuja the Nigerian capital.
He equally expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the change of date and celebration, saying that, “the president yielded to the yearnings of the Nigerian people through the signing of the bill making June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.”
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