By LAIDE AKINBOADE & PRISCILLA BADUGU
ABUJA — Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, yesterday, reiterated the commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure national transformation in the country.
Maku, who stated this in Abuja while unveiling the programme for 2012 National Democracy Day, said the Federal Government would leave no stone unturned to succeed in its set programmes.
He assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan and security agencies had made tremendous progress on the security situation in the country.
Maku said: “We promised Nigerians that we would report back what we have done. And so we feel one year on, it is now time to report back to Nigerians.
“We believe every democracy has to report to the people and I wish to tell Nigerians that the administration remains committed to national transformation and will leave no stone unturned to succeed in the programme that we have unveiled to Nigerians.
“The leadership is working very hard to turn the country around and a lot of work has been done by this administration. There are various programmes that ongoing.
“Because of the security situation in the country, the media have diverted from reporting development stories to reporting negative issues and so a lot of Nigerians feel nothing is going on and it is not true. I want to tell you that a lot of things are going on and the administration is doing a lot of development programmes.”
He described democracy as the best thing to happen to any nation, stressing that in the last 12 years, the nation had recorded tremendous economic growth, despite the global economic downturn.
He assured the teeming youths that the Federal Government was committed to creating jobs for unemployed youths in the country.
He said: “A lot has been put in place in reform initiative. Our country has taken the front line in saying no to dictatorship and yes to democracy.
“The first 50 years were used in fighting colonialism but the next 50years will be used to fight for democracy. On security, good must prevail over the issue of the security challenges. So much has been done in the last one year over this issue of security.
“We will freely dialogue with Nigerians because democracy gives us the right for free speech democracy works better than dictatorship. For democracy to succeed, all hands must be on deck.”