The Senate President, Mr Ahmad Lawan, has stated that June 12 is a metaphor of free, fair and credible elections for Nigeria.
The Senate President made the statement in his felicitation with Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Democracy Day, which is being celebrated for the second time on June 12.
In his message late on Thursday, the Senate President said June 12 stated that the heroic demonstration of patriotism by the Nigerian voters on June 12, 1993, will continue to inspire generations of their compatriots to promote national unity and defend democracy in Nigeria.
He said: “Our uninterrupted practice of democracy in the last 21 years attests that democratic civil rule is taking roots and becoming firmly entrenched in Nigeria. While there is a consensus that democracy is the best form of government, it is also important to stress that democracy is a process that evolves with time.”
“We should, therefore, continue to have faith in the capacity of our system to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people.”
Senato Lawan further stated that the legislative arm of government will continue to provide the platform for improving the nation’s democracy.
“On our part as the Legislature, we will continue to provide the platform for improving that system and democratic practice across board.”
“The on-going process of constitutional amendment and the much awaited electoral reforms will take cognizance of our past pitfalls and the democratic ethos required to guide us to where we want to be,” Lawan stated.
The Senate President who congratulated Nigerians on the democracy celebration, further urged all Nigerians to embrace a healthy democratic practice devoid of desperation and violence.