June 12, 2024

June 12: Make democracy count for Nigerians – IPAC tells FG

Shehu Sani

By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged the government to address the socio-economic and security challenges facing the country, and to implement people-oriented policies to make democracy meaningful to Nigerians.

In a statement marking the 25th anniversary of Nigeria’s democracy, IPAC National Chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Mamman Dantalle, called on the government to revive the economy, cut the cost of governance, and ensure the security and welfare of citizens.

Dantalle commended the country’s progress since the return to democracy in 1999, but noted that more needs to be done to deepen democracy and improve the lives of Nigerians.

He emphasized the need for political stability, peaceful elections, and sustainable democracy, and urged all stakeholders to work together to build a strong and virile democracy.

IPAC said, “June 12 symbolises the victory of democracy over military dictatorship and the resolve of Nigerians to exercise their franchise, protect their votes and defend the mandate given to the winner of the 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

“Citizens set aside their differences and joined the struggle for the restoration of democracy in the face of military oppression, suppression and subjugation. It was a demonstration of people power.

“Today, we celebrate the 25 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria. We must make our hard-earned democracy work for the benefits of the populace, so as not to be a curse like the nation’s abundant oil that is grossly mismanaged.

“Government at all levels should sit up and urgently address the socio-economic and security challenges… The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.

“Nigerians desire and deserve the fruits of democracy to boost their standards of living.

Government at all levels should cut the cost of governance and implement people-oriented policies and projects.

“Let us water and nurture the tree of democracy to yield its fruits and dividends to the masses. This is our chance to consolidate and deepen democracy in Nigeria. We are all in it together.”

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