June 12, 2024

Democracy Day: Address Nigerians’ suffering – CAN tells Govt


By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the federal government to address the suffering of Nigerians, citing the need for urgent action on insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice.

In a statement released to mark this year’s Democracy Day and signed by the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, on Wednesday, the leadership of the apex Christian body emphasized the necessity for the government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens, stating that democracy can only thrive when the basic needs of the people are met.

The association also stressed the importance of good governance, transparency, and accountability, and called on Nigerians to participate actively in the democratic process.

CAN said, “As we celebrate 25 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria and the 31st anniversary of the widely acclaimed ‘freest and fairest’ presidential election of June 12, 1993, we must acknowledge that our democracy still faces significant challenges.

“Insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice continue to afflict our citizens. We urge the government to prioritize the common good, address these pressing issues, and ensure that our democracy serves the people, not just the interests of a few.

“We emphasize the importance of integrity, transparency, and accountability in governance. Our leaders must recognize that power is a sacred trust, and they will be held accountable for their actions.

“We also stress the need for unity and inclusivity, recognizing the value of our diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Let us work together to build a stronger, more just Nigeria, where everyone has a voice and equal opportunities.

“As people of faith, we believe that democracy is a gift from God, and we must steward it wisely. We pray for divine guidance and wisdom for our leaders, and we urge all Nigerians to participate actively in the democratic process.”