Posted by Mary Tom, Abuja | 12 April 2014 | 3,359 times
Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has called on Nigerians to work with President Goodluck Jonathan to save democracy in the county. He said this when he received, on behalf of President Jonathan, the Save Democracy group in his office in Abuja.
The minister noted that Nigeria is bigger than any interest that anyone can think of. Therefore, the country should be put above any self interest.
The Save Democracy Group had gone on a courtesy visit to commend the President for demilitarising democracy and giving the Nigerian media, the Civil Society groups and the opposition the unfettered freedom of expression, unknown to Nigerian democracy. The Group was also in the ministry to brief the President on its planned ‘Democracy Walk’ scheduled to hold in the six geo-political zones, from May 2, to last till month-end. The Walk is billed to terminate at Abuja with a rally and lecture on 26 and 27.
According to the National Coordinator of the Save Democracy Group, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, they want politicians to separate politics from governance so that the people of Nigeria will be able to reap the dividends of democracy. He noted that there was “an emerging trend in Nigeria’s political landscape and are concerned about the increasing level of intolerance and what looks like the re-emergence of ‘do-or-die’ approach to politics among politicians, as we approach the 2015 election year.”
The Save Democracy Group is a coalition of registered civil society and community-based organisations who are engaged in social-political advocacy, education and peace-building for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
•Photo shows Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (second left) ith the visiting Save Democracy Group delegation.
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