Democracy Day: Obi advocates sober reflection, hails Dongban-Mensem

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has reminded Nigerians that democracy remained the bedrock on which the country was built.
He also urged Nigerians to hold on to every democratic ideal that would push the country forward in spite of so many challenges facing the nation.
Obi, who gave the advice in a statement, appealed to Nigerians to strive towards achieving better democratic ideals for the country to reap greater dividends of democracy.
The Anambra State former governor, however, pointed out that the democracy Nigeria enjoys today did not come on a platter of gold, but regretted that not much had been achieved in the country due to accumulated years of leadership failure.
He said that the major challenge was leaders sacrificing and focusing on the future, especially those things that made other countries to progress.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemics presented Nigeria with another opportunity to look inwards.
His words: “Today, we are presented with another opportunity to rejoice; but the truth is that there is not much to be happy for. All we need is inward introspection about the ills of the country and the resolve to mend our ways for the benefit of our children.
“Each one of us has a role to play in pursuing our democratic ideals so as to reap the maximum dividends of democracy.
“We are all enjoined to contribute individually and collectively to the sustenance of our democracy.”
In another development, Obi has commended Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem on her clearance by the Senate as the President of the Court of Appeal.

Obi said that he was hopeful she would continue on the footsteps of his predecessor, Justice Zainab Buchachuwa, by strengthening the rule of law and contributing to the growth and development of jurisprudence.

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