Nigerians have shown faith in democracy, says CDD

A pro-democracy think tank group, the Center for Democracy and Development, has said Nigerians have made sacrifices to ensure the survival of democracy in the country.

Commending Nigerians for their resilience and perseverance, the group in a statement on Thursday, said despite the myriad of challenges, Nigerians have sustained the democratic system.

The statement was signed by the group’s director, Idayat Hassan.

“As the world commemorates International Democracy Day, the Center for Democracy and Development has reflected on 22 years of democracy in Nigeria, with the conclusion that citizens have made enormous sacrifices which has sustained the democratic system in the country.

“The CDD called on Nigerians not to lose faith in democracy as it is a system that would present the best option for the country’s peace, stability and development,” the statement partly reads.

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Hassan harped on the need to build strong and resilient institutions, respect the fundamental rights of citizens, and promote and protect freedom of expression and press.

“Take a look at INEC, for example; it desires for the adoption of technology to conduct improved elections in the country. That is a pointer to the willingness of some of these institutions to ensure there are reforms. This is where the legislative and executive should support this aspiration o come to fruition.

“Globally, technological innovations and adaptations, social media inclusive, are contributing tremendously to the cause of good governance and social good. And this is also reflective in the Nigerian experience, given the role social media has played in the electioneering campaigns and elections proper.

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“Hence it is long overdue for the government to reverse the ban on Twitter. Twitter has remained one of the fertile grounds for idea incubation and strong advocacy for the right public policy and development, especially in Nigeria. Shutting it down for this length of time is inappropriate,” she said.


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