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Democracy Day: Nigerians showing remarkable resilience – Reps

The House of Representatives Wednesday said Nigerians have demonstrated remarkable democratic resilience in navigating the challenges, overcoming obstacles and adapting to changing circumstances.

The House, through its spokesman, Akintunde Rotimi,  congratulated President Bola Tinubu and Nigerians across the world, on the occasion of this year’s Democracy Day and Silver Jubilee of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic (1999 – present).

 “As we mark this significant milestone in our journey towards sustainable democracy, economic growth, and socio-political development, we reflect on our country’s progress. 

“Since independence, Nigeria has experienced periods of military rule, but the Fourth Republic has been the longest period of unbroken democratic governance.

“We have demonstrated remarkable democratic resilience by navigating challenges, overcoming obstacles, and adapting to changing circumstances. 

“Our country has witnessed seven electoral cycles, including the peaceful transfer of power between political parties, a testament to our enduring democratic stability,” the statement said.

…CAN Urges leadership with integrity 

 Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has stressed the need for integrity and people-centered governance. 

In a statement Wednesday in Abuja, CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh, congratulated the government and people of Nigeria for their resilience and commitment to democratic principles.

The statement read: “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, the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulates the government and people of our great nation. Our democracy has been tested by the fires of adversity, from the struggles of its early years to the present-day trials of insecurity, economic hardship, and social injustice. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our belief that democracy is the best form of government for our nation.

“However, 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.

“Let us work together to build a brighter future for ourselves, our children, and generations yet unborn. God bless Nigeria!”

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