The Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Senator George Akume says Nigerians have wholeheartedly embraced democracy as the best form of governance.
Sen. Akume stated this at a World Press Conference held in Abuja to unveil the lineup of activities for Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary celebrations.
He said; “This celebration is particularly important at this time having witnessed an unbroken democratic record since 1999 as well as the seamless, successful, and peaceful Presidential Transition programme from one government to another. Therefore, this calls for celebration and we are thankful to God and Nigerians for making this possible.”
The SGF bolstered his position saying “Despite political tremors and a wave of coups in some parts of the ECOWAS sub-region, Nigerians have fully embraced democracy with its core values and practices as the best form of governance.”
He stated that democracy affords the citizens the opportunity through elective structures and processes to effectively participate in the affairs of their country.
“The relationship between the people and government in a representative democracy is symbiotic while the citizens support the government, the government provides security, protects, and enhances their interests,” Sen. Akume explained.
He acknowledged the economic challenges following the fuel subsidy removal and global economic downturn, stressing that “the government is diligently working on palliative measures and improving transportation, addressing labour concerns for the well-being of all Nigerians.”
Sen. Akume said; “The government is fully aware of the economic challenges that Nigerians are confronted with since the removal of the fuel subsidy as well as the impact of the global economic downturn. The government is working assiduously to provide the necessary palliatives to mitigate such challenges and also the provision of buses to ease hardship on transportation among others.
“At the same time, the government is engaging with Labour to address areas of concern for the well-being of all Nigerian workers and Nigerians generally,” he added.