June 12: Nigerians speak as country celebrates 21th Democracy Day

June 12: Nigerians speak as country celebrates 21th Democracy Day

As Nigeria marks 21st anniversary of uninterrupted democratic run, many people have expressed displeasure over the state of the country, submitting that the things are not moving the right direction to reflect the true intents of democracy.

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The Nigerians voiced their displeasure against the backdrop of myriad challenges and obstacles facing Nigeria since the emergence of the civilian rule.

Legit.ng recalls that Nigeria used to mark the day on May 29 until 2018 when President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as the new Democracy Day in order to appreciate the sacrifice of MKO Abiola and another democracy heroes.

President Buhari had, during his national broadcast on Friday, June 12, declared that his government has recorded notable achievements since coming into power in 2015.

Buhari said his government has shown clear responsible and responsive leadership towards pivotal sectors like agriculture, transportation, Niger Delta region, and power.

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He further stated that the heinous activities of Boko Haram and bandits in the northern region of the country have been winged down.

But in a poll conducted by Legit.ng, several Nigerians disagreed with the president and established that it has been a sad run of acute leadership failure since the emergence of democracy.

89% of 2,200 people who participated in the poll believed that things are not improving. 11%, however, thought otherwise.

"Nothing to write home about......Hunger, insecurity, unemployment, Poor state of education and health sector, No electricity, lack of infrastructures, Bad economy, Corruption etc," a commentator Oliver Williams wrote.

A social media user, however, said: " It's improving because the electorate are getting smarter by the day. It's just sad that based on what is obtainable, we can't employ nor mobilise the tools required to effect political change."

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Similarly, on Twitter, Nigerians also expressed their objections towards the state of the nation since the civilian rule took over.

A Twitter user name Robert said: "What are we celebrating? No NEPA light, bad road, no health care, insecurities, no drinking water, corruption at its peak? What are we celebrating."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a renewed effort against insecurity across the country, the leaders of the National Assembly (NASS) have agreed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs.

The ninth Senate, marking its one year anniversary on Thursday, June 11, reached the consensus to take the bull by the horn amid alarming rises in killing and attacks on villages in some states.

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