The Senate chief whip, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, Sunday, urged the Nigerian political class ti live up to expectations. Orji stated this as the nation marks her Democracy Day today.
June 12 was renamed Nigeria’s Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari in memory of Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, which was annulled by the military regime of President Ibrahim Babangida.
Orji, in his message via his verified Facebook handle, said, “I congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of the 2022 Democracy Day. It is yet another opportunity to reflect on Nigeria’s democracy. “Nigeria’s founding fathers had laid a solid foundation for civilian rule to thrive in the country.
The milestone attained in sustaining democratic process in Nigeria is impressive and encouraging. “The political class must live up to expectations by embracing democratic virtues in their endeavours.
“He called for respect for the electorate for the sustenance of the nation’s democracy. Quoting him, “The will of the electorate must be respected by ensuring their votes count in elections.
“Politics should be seen as a clarion call to serve the people and not an opportunity for self-aggrandizement.”Politicians must play the game by rules for the country’s democracy to be sustained and for the good of the people.
“Without strict adherence to democratic virtues, we cannot achieve good governance and as such the purpose of democracy will be defeated.
“Nigerians must remain committed to the sustenance of democracy by taking active part in the political process.”