June 12: Renew your commitment to democracy – Niger Gov Bago urges residents

June 12: Renew your commitment to democracy – Niger Gov Bago urges residents
June 12: Renew your commitment to democracy – Niger Gov Bago urges residents

Africa-Press – Nigeria. Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has called on Nigerians, especially residents of the state to renew their commitment and uphold the principles of Democracy.

He also expressed concern that despite all the achievements in Democracy, Nigeria has continued to grapple with numerous challenges such as electoral violence, insecurity, ethnic and religious intolerance and economic hardship.

Bago noted that the challenges are hampering the growth and development of Democracy in the country.

The Governor said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Bologi Ibrahim, to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.

He explained that the Democracy Day celebration symbolises the victory of the collective will of the people over dictatorship and oppression, explaining that Democracy has indeed attained a significant milestone in the history of the country.

Bago observed that Democracy Day also reminds every patriotic Nigerian of the struggles, sacrifices, aspirations, and resilience of Nigerians, who have continued to demonstrate their commitment to Democracy through their participation in elections, advocacy for human rights, and defence of the rule of law.

“Democracy has facilitated greater transparency and accountability in governance, a multi-party system which has led to vibrant political competition, expression of diverse viewpoints and increased civic engagement among others.”

He tasked Nigerians to use this period to reflect on the progress made and challenges being faced and deepen Democratic ideals for a stronger Democracy, noting that doing so would require a renewed commitment and collective efforts from all and sundry.

The Governor further advocated continuous electoral reforms, strengthening democratic institutions, promoting youth and women’s participation in politics, investing in education and youth empowerment, as well as addressing socio-economic challenges which are crucial to the advancement of Democracy in Nigeria.

He said, “As we celebrate Democracy Day, let us honour the sacrifices of past heroes and heroines who fought for Democracy and our freedom”.

He then assured the people of the state of his unwavering commitment and determination for a secure, transformed and prosperous State in line with the New Niger agenda of the farmer Governor.

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