Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello, has extended his heartfelt appreciation to the founding fathers of Nigeria’s democracy and commends the leaders who have worked tirelessly to uphold uninterrupted democracy since 1999.
Governor Bello stated this in a statement issued by his chief press secretary Onogwu Mohammed on Monday in Lokoja.
According to him, the journey towards democracy in Nigeria has not been without challenges, noting that the vision, determination, and unwavering commitment of the founding fathers to the ideals of democracy pave ways for what democracy is today in the country.
He asserts that Nigerians owe a debt of gratitude to the founding fathers for their selflessness and foresight in establishing a system that allows for the voices of the people to be heard and their aspirations to be realized.
He pointed out that since the return to democratic rule in 1999, Nigeria has made significant strides in consolidating its democratic institutions, adding that the country has witnessed peaceful transitions of power, the expansion of civil liberties, and the strengthening of democratic processes.
“This progress is a testament to the collective will of the Nigerian people and the dedication of our leaders to the principles of democracy and good governance.
“As the nation celebrate this Democracy Day, it is imperative that we acknowledge the vital role that every citizen plays in the sustenance of our democracy while urging the people to unite and support leaders as they navigate the challenges of nation-building, forging ahead with a vision of a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria.
Governor Bello called on citizens of Kogi State to remain steadfast in their commitment to democratic values, to respect the rule of law, and to cherish the freedom and rights that democracy affords us.