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Nigeria’s democracy is threatened, Enugu group declares

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The Save Enugu Group (SEG), yesterday, expressed concern over the situation of the country, stressing that current happenings constitute serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

Expressing doubt over the possibility of conducting the 2023 general elections due to rising insecurity in the country, the SEG insisted that the Federal Government should act fast to restore confidence of Nigerians if the country’s democracy must survive.

“We are doubting whether the 2023 general elections will ever hold. The rate of killings, burning of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices and failure of the National Assembly to pass the electoral bill, among others cast serious doubts on our readiness to continue this democracy.

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“It is not rosy and the situation we found ourselves pungently points to the fact that talking about 2023 will not be appropriate,” the group said.

Speaking with journalists in Enugu, National Coordinator of SEG, Willy Ezeugwu, stated that the group would continue to hold government accountable to the people, promote good governance and stand for justice and the rule of law.

He distanced the group from some campaigns being carried out by the Save Enugu Pressure Group against some individuals, stating that the SEG was not the promoter of the SaveEnugu.com, urging those behind the group to stop the deliberate attempt to link it or Ezeugwu to the website.

“Our association has never had any website and has no social media handles till date. Any website or social media accounts in the name of Save Enugu Group, or similar name, does not belong to us.

“The SEG has known leaders and has never operated undercover for any reason. When we engage government on any anti-masses policy or activity, we have always done so openly. The organisation in Enugu State has promoted Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s people-oriented policies and projects more than the SEG in the last six years,” he added.

The group, which admitted that it had issues with the state government over the recent controversial pension bill, explained, however, that it should not be used for campaign of calumny, stressing that although the state government had not responded tom its letter, it was still awaiting a reply.

“Those who think that the situation has presented itself to drag the image of our association to the mud have failed. This is not the first time we have been attacked by agents of destabilisation and enemies of Enugu people.

“But we will continue to stand with the people and support the state government when it has done well and let the government also know when it is threading on anti–people path, despite attempts by pro-government and anti-establishment interests to disparage the group,” he added.

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