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Our democracy has come to stay – Mark

Abuja —   Senate President David Mark has commended Nigerians for their steadfastness and commitment to the propagation and sustenance of democracy in the country.

In a statement entitled, “Our democracy has come to stay”, to mark the 2010 Democracy Day, Mark praised the perseverance of the citizens over the years in their belief in the sanctity of civil rule.

He noted that Nigerians had remained resilient and resolute over the years, especially since 1999, by supporting successive administrations for democracy to thrive.

“Our people have toiled and laboured for our democracy. Destiny has entrusted in us the responsibility to uphold what our people deserve.  We shall do our utmost best to ensure that democracy is not only a norm but a way of life in Nigeria,’’ he said.

Mark promised that the present administration would neither disappoint nor deviate from upholding the tenets of democratic government.

He added that the electoral reforms which Nigerians truly yearned for, would be finalised before the expiration of the present administration so that the forthcoming general elections would profit from it.

“I am sure that the final copy of the Constitution amendment would be a document that would please all sections of Nigeria because we have painstakingly addressed all areas of imbalances and complaints in the land.

“What is left now is a concurrence between the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as getting the State Houses of Assembly, at least a constitutional requirement of two thirds of the state legislators to endorse the document before a clean copy is rolled out,” he added.

He pleaded with Nigerians to cooperate and continue to display unalloyed support and loyalty to the governments at all levels in order to facilitate the delivery of dividends of democracy.


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