Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday urged public office holders to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizens, saying June 12 has provided an opportunity for him and his colleagues to re-echo their oath of office.
Sanwo-Olu made the call on Friday during his Democracy Day message to Lagosians.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday, the governor said the ongoing constitutional reform should be a true representation and reflection of what Nigerians are agitating for.
He said: “June 12 has come to stay. It is a day that we will continue to remember as our Democracy Day. And what that should mean to each and every one of us is that it is a time to reflect and ask how well we’ve run this democracy.
“How well have we kept to the tenets of real and true democracy? What are the challenges that are still facing us as people? Are we truly running a free and true democracy?
“Currently as we speak, we are going through a constitutional reform. Let the reforms, the changes and amendments that will be coming out of the reform be true representation and reflections of what an ordinary citizen wants; what the real Nigerians on the street are agitating for; what they want us that are in the position of leadership to be doing.”
Sanwo-Olu said there is no alternative to democracy, “which guarantees freedom of expression, freedom of choice, freedom of movement of our people and people can indeed express themselves to determine who their true leaders should be at every point in time.
“I think that is what it stands for and I want to thank each and every one of us and God for sparing our lives to see another June 12 celebration.”