He spoke in an address at a high-level consultation themed: “Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy for Africa.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday charged leaders at all levels to embrace democracy that promoted prosperity, poverty eradication, employment and adequate security for the betterment of Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Muhammed Idris, has called for collective unity amongst people to achieve the dividend of democracy.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his happiness with ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Court affirming the victory of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Vice President Kashim Shettima, in the February 25, 2023 polls.
For Nigeria and the rest of Africa to make genuine progress and development, democracy must be nurtured and sustained, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said.
The Executive Director, IPC, Lanre Arogundade, in his opening remarks said the event was pursuant to the aims and objectives of Component 4: Support to Media of EU-SDGN II project.
Lest we forget, the evolution of democracy has its rich history in a rebellion against dictatorship, against monarchical institutions, against bigotry, and anything that prevents mass participation. Be that as it may, democratic governments function only to the extent of the understanding of the society and the political gladiators practising it. So, for the society to have a functional democratic system, it must have a robust understanding of the tenets as well as the intrinsic attributes of democracy so that it won’t appear alien to its practitioners and/or those over whom it is being practised. Since everybody will have to be part of it, it also has to be a general, not restricted, knowledge.
In other words, it wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the political leadership at the time to dig its own grave!
This was the position of the Initiative for Good and Informed Citizenship, conveners of Rescue Nigeria, in a statement.
With insecurities ravaging the country and tensions, especially among political parties, Director, of Political Affairs, ECOWAS Commission,
US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard stated this in a statement signed by her and entitled: “Celebrating Freedom and Diversity”.
Akaahs gave the admonition in Jos at a discourse of a book; The Akaahs: The Conscience of a Man’, written in his honour.
Despite being held peacefully across the country, the final result of the exercise was ‘stillborn’ as the then “self-styled” Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida ordered the annulment of the poll, presumed to have been won by the late business mogul and philanthropist, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola.
Condemning the set of leaders who governed Nigeria since the birth of democracy, he accused politicians of sabotaging the country.
The democratic structure of the Nigerian State has benefitted from the massive inputs of the Nigerian media for its survival and development.
In his Democracy Day message, Tinubu said democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria.
Even the great President Abraham Lincoln attests to the inclusiveness of the democratic process and describes it as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people”. A quote that has reverberated the world over and Nigeria is not left out.
However, some citizens tend to find it very difficult to concede this right to others whose views happen to be different from their own on issues of importance to all. And some of these people profess to be democrats. Amazing!
He also said all Nigerians must see nation-building as a ‘joint task,’ saying each Nigerian has a critical role to play to achieve the best vision for the country.
The clash underscored the deep tensions following the December 7 election that has led to rare unrest in Ghana, a major cocoa and gold producer, seen as a bastion of democracy in West Africa.