No alternative to democracy – Saraki, Dogara


Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted and united  effort by all Nigerians to build a strong economy as a means of sustaining the nation’s democracy.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to commemorate the 2017 Democracy Day celebration, said the real challenge to the sustenance of the democracy which the country has experienced in the last 18 years was the need for a solid economy that will ensure that the citizens enjoy high standard of living and that there was even development across the country.

He therefore urged Nigerians to support the policies of government aimed at involving the private sector in key sectors of the economy, focussing on locally manufactured goods, encouraging small and medium scale entrepreneurs, developing alternative sources of foreign exchange other than oil, directing attention to commercial  agriculture and mining of mineral resources, eliminating smuggling and other activities which can sabotage the economy.

Saraki stated that if the people could rally behind government policies to develop the economy and create a vibrant private sector by eschewing all activities which threaten the stability of the country, then “many of the problems which bedevil the nation’s politics will be eliminated and our democracy will grow from strength to strength”.

He also canvassed that Nigerians should consciously nurture the various institutions which make the country a democracy worth the name and said it is by building the institutions and respecting the values they represent that the nation can guarantee stability, development and consistency.

The Senate President however thanked Nigerians for their perseverance, patience, understanding and resilience in the face of the current economic challenges, even as he assured that  better days are near.

He commended the policies and programmes of the present administration aimed at repositioning the country and called for more support for President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve his lofty economic plan.

Saraki said: “I want to congratulate all Nigerians for the successes we have recorded so far in our democratic journey. We cannot afford to remove our legs from the gas pedal. Government definitely is determined to make life more abundant for our people.

“All Nigerians deserve commendation. We have done well so far. We must strive more to make democracy a way of life. The successes recorded so far, demonstrate the unwavering commitment of Nigerians to sustain and grow our democracy.

“Let us celebrate with hope that the present economic challenges will soon give way to a prosperous country that we can all be proud of. Our democratic institutions need to be strengthened to perform their duties in the service of all Nigerians irrespective of the government in power,” he said.

The Senate President said that the present administration is endowed with the necessary political will to initiate changes that would lead to the overall development of the country, with the support of all.

APC  led govt has recorded commendable achievements – Dogara
Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives has scored the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari high as it marks its second year in office, saying many commendable  achievements have been recorded within the period.
The Speaker also congratulated President Buhari, acting President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors and the entire leadership and all Nigerians for the 18 years of democracy in the country and second anniversary of the administration.
While restating the commitment of the government to bringing succour to the common man, he saluted all Nigerians for their resilience in the face of challenges they encounter daily and argued that there is no alternative to democracy.
“We know that within the two years of this administration,  the government has achieved a lot in the area of security. In transportation, we are talking about railways, in Agriculture and in diverse fields of our endeavours a lot has been achieved and a lot  need to be done, but we are committed to bringing succour to the common man,” he said.
“I further thank and appreciate our country men and women for the dedication, patience, hope and resilience that they have shown, that in spite of the biting economic recession, we have held on to our hope for a better nation and we have not given up.
“So I want to congratulate all of us and implore us to continue to hope and pray for everyone in position of authority in this country and to assure us that we’ll  surely get to our destination.”
Dogara also noted that despite challenges, democracy remains the best form of government, adding that the government of the day is committed to strengthening institutions and fighting corruption.
“Thank God we have a president who is determined and who has an  uncompromising stance against corruption, and we are building strong institutions that will deal with the hydraheaded monster”, the speaker stated.
Calling for unity among Nigerians across the country, he stressed that “Nigeria represents the best hope of a Black man and that hope cannot be realized in a factionalized state with no unity and with every  one trying to fight for self determination.”
He added, “If there’ll be any black nation that will fulfill the destiny of a black man, which is that of greatness, it’s going to come out of a unified Nigeria. I don’t think there’s anything each of these pockets will achieve that will be greater than what a unified Nigeria can achieve.”
“I know there are challenges but these challenges are not peculiar to us. So many countries have had to face these kind of challenges in their developmental strides.”


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