As the country celebrates her Democracy Day today, Friday, June 12, Vice Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has reminded Nigerians that democracy remains the bedrock on which the country is built. He urged all to hold on to every democratic ideal that would push the country forward in spite of so many challenges facing the nation.
Obi gave the advice through a statement on Thursday, in which he encouraged Nigerians “to strive towards achieving better democratic ideals so that the country will reap greater dividends of democracy.”
The former Anambra State Governor noted that “the democracy Nigeria enjoys today did not come on a platter of gold,” but regretted that “not much has been achieved in the country due to accumulated years of leadership failure.” He identified the failure of Nigerian leaders to sacrifice and focus on the future, “especially those things that make other countries to progress,” as the major challenge facing Nigeria.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Obi said that it presents Nigeria with another opportunity to look inwards.
“Today,” he said, “we are presented with another opportunity to rejoice, but the truth is that there is not much to be happy for. All we need is inward introspection about the ills of the country and the resolve to mend our ways for the benefit of our children.
“Each one of us has a role to play in pursuing our democratic ideals so as to reap the maximum dividends of democracy. We are all enjoined to contribute individually and collectively to the sustenance of our democracy.”
In another development, Obi also commended Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem on her clearance by the Senate yesterday as the President of the Court of Appeal.
Obi said he was hopeful she would continue on the footsteps of her predecessor, Justice Zainab Bukachuwa, by strengthening the rule of law and contributing to the growth and development of jurisprudence.