*says democracy still under threat
As Nigerian history is once again remembering the ugly memories of the June 12 1993 annuled presidential election, Campaign For Democracy (CD) has condemned the Kaduna Declaration seeking to expel Igbos from the North, while advising Nigerians to clamourfor restructuring.
This position was made known in a statemnt signed by its President, Comrade Bako Abdul Usman, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.
“We members of Campaign for Democracy totally condemn the so-called Kaduna declaration, which is narrow-minded, divisive and undemocratic. We are firm believers in a united Nigeria bounded together in freedom, peace and unity.
“We call on the said groups to withdraw their threat and apologize to the nation, as we that fought for the democracy we have today will not sit back and watch a few regional jingoist destroy it. Rather than call for the division of the country, we should join hands to call for restructuring,” it explained.
In the statement titled ‘STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS IN COMMEMORATION OF JUNE 12 BY CAMPAIGN FOR DEMOCRACY’ the group explained that June 12 is a special day.
“Today, June 12 is a special day for all the patriotic fighters and defenders of our present nascent democracy, this year’s celebration marks 25 years since the most popularly acclaimed credible elections in the history of Nigeria’s Democratic experience since 1960 was truncated by the military junta headed by then General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
“We in Campaign for Democracy still reiterate our stand that today is more befitting to be declared democracy day and a public holiday,” it emphasized.
CD said that though it is worth celebrating our new Democratic stamina, as we have gone fifteen years of democracy without interruption, more needs to be done to consolidate on the successes.
“Through this years we have witnessed the good, bad and ugly side of democracy, and yet we have endured. Only recently rumors of a coup plot rented the Nigerian media air space. True to our new found love for democracy, Nigerians from all works of life came out to condemn it.
“With the successes recorded under the present Democratic dispensation, it is unfortunate that today our democracy still remains under great threat,” it warned.
The group said that it is rather unfortunate that today under a democratic government, Nigerians are no longer safe.
“While we acknowledge and commend the concerted effort of the present government in degrading the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of the country; restiveness, criminalities, and violent clashes are fast becoming the order of the day.
“Only recently a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly was kidnapped, so also some travelers along Kaduna-Abuja highway. The Farmers-Herders clash is persistent and the government is finding it very difficult to address it.
“Another threat to our democracy is the deepening of our suspicion and mistrust along the lines of religion, ethnicity and region. Over the past months threats and counter-threats have rented the air, with some agitating for secession. Also just this past week, a group of misguided youths, under a coalition of Arewa Youths, gave the Igbos in the North a quick notice before October 1st,” it pointed out.
The group said that the delay in signing the 2017 National budget is a source of concern to Nigerians and a threat to our democracy, this so because the recession is biting hard with increase in the high rate of unemployment and abject poverty.
“We call on the government to take all necessary step to sign the 2017 budget without delay as soon as possible.
“In conclusion as we celebrate June 12 this year, we must take it up ourselves as democrats to defend passionately the democracy we fought for it,” it concluded.