Nigeria has achieved milestones in democracy –Umegboro


Carl Umegboro


A Public Affairs Analyst, Mr Carl Umegboro, says Nigeria has recorded significant progress in her democratic rule.

Umegboro said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday in commemoration of the Democracy Day.

The Federal Government on Monday declared June 12 as a public holiday to commemorate the nation’s National Democracy Day.

The Federal Government’s decision followed the enactment into law of June 12 as Democracy Day.

He said June 12 drew a line between two distinct eras of the dark ages and renaissance period.

Umegboro said the the first civilian administration after military era, led by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, recorded remarkable progress by establishing structures like the EFCC, ICPC and other agencies.

He said the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration which succeeded after a brief stay in power by late Umaru Yar’Adua, introduced outstanding policies like the BVN, Treasury Single Account though not implemented.

“However, the squandering, looting and diversion of public funds overshadowed the good initiatives, in fact, the system was in a total mess that corruption became Nigeria’s middle name.”

Umegboro said the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari had activated and implemented the structure and policies he met on ground which had led to significant progress.

“Remarkably, people are presently, gradually beginning to have confidence in the judiciary which is fundamental for any thriving society.

“Similarly, people are beginning to live by their lawful means; Civil servants will tell you that it is no longer business as usual.

“Politicians masquerading as contractors no longer liaise with public office holders to abandon government projects after mobilisation. These are critically, systematic progresses.

“Of course, it is undeniable that these reforms tightened the economy but gradually, it is bouncing back to true, consolidated and enduring greatness.

Umegboro added that sanity was gaining way in the polity and people’s right to freedom of speech and expressions had gathered momentum.

“Therefore, the nation has good reasons to celebrate these trajectories and progress despite insecurity and the fact the masses in the streets have not been directly affected.

“With the structures being improved and continuously running expediently and effectively, I have no doubt that jobs would be created and the economy will be stimulated for common good.”

He, however said it was imperative for government to invest more in education because the nonchalant attitude to the sector several years ago gave birth to the insecurity of the present times. (NAN)

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