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Senate President felicitates Nigerians on Democracy Day



Senate President felicitates Nigerians on Democracy Day

By Kingsley Okoye

Senate Speaker Dr Ahmad Lawan congratulated Nigerians on “Democracy Day” scheduled for June 12.

Lawan in a statement in Abuja on Friday said June 12 has enormous significance for Nigerians who have fought so valiantly to establish democracy in their beloved country.

He said Nigerians have nurtured democracy vigilantly through their tireless participation in the democratic process.

“It is worrying that we are celebrating Democracy Day this year amid serious national challenges on the socio-political and economic fronts.

“This sad situation has given rise to violent verbal and physical expressions which pose a serious threat not only to our democracy but to the unity of our nation.

“However, the clouds always give way to bright skies, so we must not let the current situation undermine our faith in democracy and our nation,” he urged.

According to him, no nation is free from challenges, but great people use challenges to drive the wheel of national progress.

“We are not yet where we want to be in our democratic walk, but neither are we where we started.

“There will always be a lot of work to be done for democratic consolidation and nation-building.

“We must therefore never despair or consider a return to the undemocratic past which has cost us so much toil and blood to get out of it.

“As we move forward, respect our diversity and use it to produce the harmony that makes democracy the best form of government ever invented by man.

“Let us use the democratic mechanisms at our disposal such as the periodic review of the constitution to pursue the Nigeria of our dreams,” he said.

The Senate Speaker noted that the country has reached an advanced stage in the exercise of constitutional review.

“Our committees in the Senate and House of Representatives bring together the views and submissions of Nigerians from across the country.

“The final report is now expected and we hope to debate and vote on the recommendations before continuing our annual vacation in July.

“We are also on the verge of adopting the bill amending the electoral law in June. This bill contains provisions that correct the deficiencies identified in our electoral process so that we can support the progress made in the system under the Fourth Republic.

“While congratulating my Nigerian compatriots on the progress made so far, I urge us all to stand firm in our commitment to democracy.

“Happy feast of democracy! Lawan said. (NAA)


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