Today, May 29th is the official date for celebrating democracy in Nigeria.
This is a historical day because there was a switch from Military rule by the then military ruler Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar over to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, which marked the end of an almost 30 years of military regime since 1966 – though a taste of democracy intercepted between 1979 and 1983 – and birthing a new democratic system if governance.
Nigerians look forward to celebrating this day; some not necessarily because of its significance, but because it’s a holiday a time to relax from work. Any holiday in Nigeria isn’t taken likely, trust me, because any reason to have party jollof isn’t taken for granted. Like me, currently heading for an ‘owanbe‘. Others, look out for its significance, weighing how far we come as a country and where we are headed.
Our 18th Of Democracy
The very first Democracy Day was held on 29th of May 1999 and as such, this year’s celebration will mark 18 years of uninterrupted democracy. This is a great feat as the first democratic government which commenced after Nigeria became a republic on 1 October 1963 lasted only about 3 years and the second time, which was a brief stint of democracy between 1979 and 1983 with Alh. Shehu Shagari, lasted just about 3 and half years as well. It can be said with hope and confidence that democracy has come to stay.
President Muhammadu Buhari will be two years in office.
Our Head of state of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn in two years ago on this day, after winning one of the most intense, savage elections ever held in the country. So this year, the nation will not only mark his office reign, but also take a stock of how well His governance has been over the past years.
What strategies and policies have been implemented, the level of accountability, is the country generating revenue, has the corruption level dropped, are foreign investors returning, are economic activities blooming, are favorable laws been enacted for the good of the citizens, do Nigerians have Human Rights, are jobs been created, can the woman selling tomatoes by the roadside still send her child to school, are we still focusing all our ‘energy’on crude oil or exploiting other forms of interest; like in agriculture and solid minerals, is entrepreneurship well funded, are our leaders putting the people first……….. Is the country advancing?! These and many more questions are what Nigerians want to know, how can they benefit from the developments made.
Listening to the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, I must commend this government, how far they’ve come and are ready to go for the development of our nation. He spoke about their focus on agriculture and solid materials, job creations and curbing corruption practices.
I realized that alot has been allocated, and how can one get involved? We should arise today and find out where there’s a need and solve it. Money has been given for this project, instead of us sitting and wishing, or cursing get involved. Look for a sector we can invest our ideas and time in, we might not have the needed funds, but our start-ups can solve a problem.