June 12: Lamido, Nasarawa deputy gov, NANS express mixed reactions
Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has regretted that it took 25 years to right the wrong done to Nigerian voters in the 1993 Presidential election, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has reduced governance to his level.
He told The Guardian although the declaration was a welcome development; it was not enough to distract Nigerians from the culture of fear and hate that have defined democratic leadership in the past three years.
Faulting the unilateral declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day and posthumous award of the GCFR to Abiola, Lamido said Buhari was merely in a hurry to court Southwest’s support for his failed administration, adding that the wrong procedure renders the entire exercise as a mere token.
But, Nasrawa State Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, described the declaration as deepening the country’s democracy.
He spoke in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Godspower Ede, in Lafia yesterday.
Agara said the president’s action has shown that he is an advocate of fairness, justice and sensitivity to the yearnings of the electorate.
He however urged Nigerians, irrespective of religious, tribal or political affiliation, to rally behind the president to take the country to greater heights.
In a similar vein, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said the declaration would further rekindle the hope and aspirations of the youth to render selfless service for the country’s development.
The Public Relations Officer of the association, Idowu Odebunmi said this in a statement.
He said: “The leadership of NANS applaud Buhari for declaring June12 as democracy day. In the last 18 years, the jesters who masquerade as champion of democracy have continued to occupy the seat of powers.
This is as against the spirited efforts of the progressives to bring to bear people’s oriented leadership that our people deserves.”
On his part, a policy analyst, Duke Okuta commended the president’s decision to acknowledge the fight for “true democracy during the elections.”
He said “June 12 is a national day of mourning the threats against democracy, while May 29 is a day we celebrate the choice of the then military rule to submit power to a democratically elected president.”
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