Former Kwara State Governor now Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki has called on Nigerians to unite and demand an end to insecurity, corruption, and all other social ills confronting the nation.
Saraki, representing Kwara Central in the Senate, in a May 29 (Democracy Day) message to Nigerians urged them to demand that “In 2015 Nigeria display its commitment to democracy, so that we have credible, free and transparent elections”.
The ex-governor stressed the need for Nigerians to have the will and courage to defend the nation’s hard earned democracy.
“This is a process that starts now, that sees democratic and transparent processes to select candidates through to Election Day where we are free to vote for the candidate we believe in.
“Democracy is not practiced by mirroring the language that we speak, where we come from or what religion we worship; democracy is the opportunity to address the issues that affect us all. Issues affect us all across Nigeria regardless of gender, age or religion”, he stated.
Saraki added that, “We must acknowledge some of the realities that have presented themselves when election-time comes in our country, and enlighten others and ourselves against them.
“One flaw that we have experienced in our young democracy is that it is often the case that many of our people choose leaders based on the constraints of sameness of religion, similarities in ethnicity, and other largely inconsequential values of nation-building leadership.
“To counter this, we must view leadership through a lens of who will best address mine and my local government, state, or country’s problems? In a nutshell, we must elect the best amongst us”, he said.