Connected Development, a leading Civil Society group has charged the Federal Government to empower the citizen socially, economically, and politically.
The Chief Executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal explained that political rivalry, resource allocation conflicts, ethnic and religious issues, have posed as obstacles to effective democratic governance in the society.
He further called on the Federal Government to deliver on the pillars of democracy that will bring about significant development, and a thriving economy.
He stated this in a statement to mark the Democracy day celebration in Abuja,
According to CODE, true democracy thrives on inclusive government, the assurance of fundamentals human rights and the freedom of the Press.
“These are factors that promote good governance and peaceful co-existence of people of diverse cultural, religious and ethnic society.
Nigeria has witnessed fluctuations in economic activities, high rate of insecurity and the blurring of the middle class in our socio-economic spectrum.”
Lawal said it is imperative for the leadership of the country to adopt sustainable growth measures that will lead to the implementation of the road map for improved electricity, strengthen the quality of education, curtail the increasing number of out-of-school children.
“There is need to also address the housing challenges, urgently provide solutions to the huge deficit in health-care facilities, erect functional infrastructures, promote the ease of doing business, provide standard social services and secure lives of the Nigerian people.”
CODE’s Boss added that true democracy will be achieved when the citizens of Nigeria are empowered in every sense and their collective voices are heard.
“ Without rectifying these issues, the repercussion will be a situation where a few benefits and the masses suffer. We hope to see a Nigeria that is truly democratic, where the rule of law and respect for the Nigerian constitution is upheld.”