How Nigeria in 24yrs Accomplished Feat US Couldn’t Until After 185yrs, Akpabio Reveals

How Nigeria in 24yrs Accomplished Feat US Couldn’t Until After 185yrs, Akpabio Reveals

  • Nigeria has leapfrogged the United States with a ground-breaking record in democracy and governance
  • Senate President Godswill Akpabio revealed this milestone at President Bola Tinubu's presentation of the 2024 appropriation bill
  • Senator Akpabio disclosed that in 24 years, Nigeria has produced ex-lawmakers as president and vice president, a feat that took the US 185 years journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - Senate President Godswill Akpabio has highlighted during the joint National Assembly session for the presentation of the N27.5 trillion budget by President Bola Tinubu that Nigeria accomplished a milestone within 24 years of its democratic existence.

This feat took the United States 185 years to achieve.

US, Nigeria, Senate, Akpabio
The United States produced former lawmakers as president and vice almost two centuries after independence and it took Nigeria only 24 years. Photo Credit: Godswill Obot Akpabio/Getty Images
Source: UGC

As reported by Daily Trust, Akpabio pointed out that in Nigeria's 24th year of democracy, former senators had assumed the roles of President and Vice President.

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Nigeria's historic feat over US

He said that in the United States, it took over a century and a half for President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to reach the White House 185 years into American democracy.

Akpabio said:

“Mr President, the United States of America has started democracy for about 247 years. But it was only when it marked its 185th anniversary that it succeeded in producing two former senators John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson as president and vice president respectively.
“But within 24 years of our democracy, we have achieved what took the United States of America 185 years to achieve.”

He also noted that, in addition to Tinubu and Shettima, other former federal lawmakers were holding public offices.

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“Not only do we have two former distinguished senators serving as president and vice president of our dear country, but we also have other alumni of this National Assembly in positions of public trust,” Akpabio added.

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