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Ihonbare raises alarm over threat to democracy

By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—FORMER presidential aide, Professor Julius Ihonbvere, yesterday, raised an alarm over what he described as threat to the nation’s democracy by politicians.

According to him, unless political parties begin to respect their constitution, it would be difficult for the nation to produce credible and courageous leaders that will build the political economy and consolidate democratic institutions and practices.

He also described as disappointing the failure by National Assembly to agree on the time table for the review of the constitution due to the disagreement on the chairmanship of the committee.

He regretted that Nigerians had lost the opportunity to have a living document that could be deployed in the defence of individual and collective liberties.

Ihonbvere, who also is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, spoke in Benin City, while delivering a lecture, with the theme: Nigeria @ 50: Achieving Good Governance, at the 2010 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State chapter.

Reviewing the nation at 50, Professor Ihonbvere asserted that until “we generate the political power to address issues that are critical to our development, especially food production, industrialization, power, isolated but creative developmental initiatives will continue to fail.”


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