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DEMOCRACY DAY CHALLENGE – RECLAIMING OUR POLITICS

The institution of June 12 as Democracy Day has become a feature of our governance landmark. By the grace of God, We the People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall continue to observe June 12 every year as Democracy Day.

The significance of Democracy Day would neither be in the public holiday and the rest it provides, nor the parades dominated by the military institutions from whom we wrestled political power. Rather June 12 shall be commemorated in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness about our Democracy. Henceforth, let us utilize Democracy Day for educating ourselves and providing the opportunities for promoting democracy, equality, justice, development, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and participation.

Participation of the people in our democracy and in our government is routed through POLITICS. Unfortunately, there is this feeling and a sense that Politics is dirty and not worthy of the good, uncorrupted and righteous majority. Politics has been branded the game, vocation and profession that ‘they’ or ‘others’ do – not something that involves us, and not something we the people can control or get involved in.

As a result of this shirking of responsibility, millions of Nigerians do not see a role in Politics for themselves. These people end up as political consumers and not active citizens.

To fix the political system, we the people must take control of our Politics. To do this, we MUST BRING THE PEOPLE (INCLUDING YOU) BACK INTO POLITICS.

Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack

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