The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to democratic ideals as the country marks Democracy Day. In a press statement, the CDD acknowledged the progress made in Nigeria’s democracy in the 30 years since the annulled June 12, 1993 elections and the recent transition of power between civilian governments. However, the organisation also highlighted persistent challenges such as corruption, politically motivated violence, and limited access to essential services that hinder the full realisation of Nigeria’s democratic potential.
The CDD emphasised the importance of citizen participation, transparency, and the protection of human rights in building a strong democratic nation. It commended the resilience and bravery of Nigerians in advancing democratic ideals despite obstacles. The organisation called on all Nigerians, government institutions, civil society organisations, and the private sector to recommit themselves to democracy and strengthen democratic institutions, promote accountability, protect human rights, and foster an environment where every citizen’s voice is heard and valued.
The CDD remains dedicated to promoting democracy and good governance and will continue to collaborate with stakeholders, raise awareness, and drive meaningful change towards Nigeria’s democratic stability.
The statement concluded with a reminder of the significance of June 12 as a reminder of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic values and principles that form the foundation of the nation’s aspirations for a just, inclusive, and accountable society.