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Monday, 28 May 2018

Democracy Day: Ekweremadu Harps on the Preservation of Ingredients of Democracy  

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has harped on the need to preserve the fundamental ingredients of the nation’s democracy.

He made the call in a goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of the 2018 Democracy Day signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu.

Citing several countries, which built world-class infrastructure, prosperous economy, and maintained high Human Development Index under autocratic regimes, Ekweremadu said the real blessings of democracy were the intangibles such as rule of law, fundamental human rights, liberties, checks and balances, justice, and unity, among others.

He said: “The core blessings of democracy are liberties, human rights, rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, independent electoral umpire, independent judiciary, independent legislature, which all combine to deliver good governance.

“Democracy does not envisage a situation where any arm of government, no matter how well intended, expropriates or discountenances the constitutional roles of other arms. Willful disregard for these basic elements and flagrant abuse of critical institutions of democracy portend grave danger for democracy. It is recipe for anarchy and slow poison to democracy.

“On the occasion of the nation’s 19thDemocracy Day, therefore, leaders and citizens alike must recommit to unity and justice, directing our energies to safeguarding the nation’s democracy from all forms of excesses that diminish it and compromise development”.

He wished Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.

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