11th June, 2022
By Jethro Ibileke
As the nation observes this year’s Democracy Day, the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the country is at cross roads and is yet to get the full dividends of democracy.
The Governor stated this in a statement on Saturday, to mark the day set aside to commemorate the nation’s democratic rule.
According to him, “We are at crossroads, as it appears we are yet to get the full dividend of democracy and feel unsure sometimes of the gains of democracy.
“It behoves on us to keep faith and trust the process, as democracy is a self-renewing process and we are definitely sure to get it right if we stay the course.”
“On this democracy day, I call on Nigerians to recommit to the process of renewing ourselves and work in unison to make our country live up to its promise as the greatest black nation on earth.”
He therefore tasked Nigerians to uphold the ideals of the nation’s founding fathers, who fought assiduously for the realisation of an independent country rooted in the values of justice and equity.
This is even as he urged citizens to recommit to the process of “renewing ourselves and work in unison to make our country live up to its promise as the greatest black nation on earth.”
He said: “As we mark the 2022 Democracy Day, I enjoin Nigerians to uphold the ideals of our nation’s founding fathers, who fought assiduously for the realisation of an independent country rooted in the values of justice and equity.
“Our democratic sojourn has taught us deep lessons on the centrality of freedom and unity to coexist despite our differences.
“As the years go by, we have more reasons to remain steadfast in the belief in a shared destiny and our continued existences as a formidable collective that would thrive in spite of the fissures that try to break us.”
“Since our return to democratic rule in 1999, we have continued on a very crucial task of engendering development in Nigeria, even with the attendant daunting c