Nigerians Yet To Get Dividends Of Democracy – ADC Chieftain


    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The National Organising Secretary of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Alhaji Ibrahim A Suleiman has rated democracy low in Nigeria 21 years after the end of military rule.

    Speaking ahead of the 60th Independence Anniversary, Ibrahim A Suleiman opined that Nigeria may be celebrating 21 uneventful years of democracy.

    He posted that as one of those who fought to end military rule and the enthronement of democracy, he stands to say boldly that Nigerians are yet to enjoy dividends of democracy because of poor, inefficient, selfish and corrupt leadership foisted on the country: the citizens are worse off today compared even to the days of the military dictators.

    According to him, despite 21 years of democracy, Nigeria is not yet out of the woods and  citizens are  worse off for it because of poor leadership.

    He added that it is sad to observe that the nation is yet to enjoy basic amenities of life that developed countries enjoy such as uninterrupted electricity supply, potable drinking water, good roads, access to healthcare and education almost 60 years after independence.”

    ”We fought to drive away military regime between 1992 to 1999 but the military dropped their khaki and hijacked our struggle in agbada and failed to create a virile democratic environment”. This he said, explains the challenges the system faces. 

    “What you don’t have you can never give. The retired military in  babanriga can never give us dividends of democracy if they are not adaptive, rather they have foisted their undemocratic command and control tradition in the polity. No wonder you now see rising cases of insurgency, kidnapping,   killer-herdsmen, wanton killing of innocent Nigerians and other criminal activities.”

    The ADC chieftain claimed that Nigeria is now in dire and urgent need of good and transformational leaders that are purpose driven, with fear of God and love of the people.  

     “Nigeria needs leaders such as we have in Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore. We fervently need leaders that want to genuinely serve the people and not looters and wasters of our commonwealth”.

    He  however, admonished Nigerians to persevere and as parties like ADC and leaders like the national chairman, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu are set to bring succur to the people and move Nigeria to compete amongst the top 10 countries in the world. 

    Continuing, he urged them to note that salvation is in parties like ADC and not those that have controlled and corrupted the system since 1999 both at states and federal levels. 

    Suleiman explained that ADC is the only authentic platform in the democratic process, which is working around the clock to see that Nigerians truly enjoy the dividends of democracy.

    He added that his party will attend to the impending or looming revolution of the unemployed youth by implementing serious empowerment programmes, massive entrepreneurial initiatives and skills acquisition, instead of the wild goose chase and  wastefulness of the current regime.

     He added that insecurity will be a thing of the past, while begging Nigerians to shine their eyes and work with ADC. 

    “All our political structures should be strengthened and the doctrine of separation of power be reinforced.  

    “We are going to deemphasize the use of money in our politics,” he assured.


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