The UN celebrates the International Day of Democracy every September 15.
The aim is to encourage governments around the world to strengthen and consolidate democracy.It also marks an opportunity to review the state of democracy around the world.
Each year highlights a specific theme.This year,the United Nations called for strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises.
The International Day of Democracy is also an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about their democratic rights,to highlight the important role of parliaments,their capacity and mandate to deliver Justice,peace,development and human rights.
It is on this background that we appraise Nigeria’s return to democracy since 1999.
In the dictionary definition, democracy “is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people. ..
Since the Nigerian experiment, the notion created so far is the emergence of civil rule rather than a democratic rule.
Owing to the way Nigerian Politicians are handling elections and governance, it is generally believed that the ordinary people who ought to propel the engine of democracy are distanced from governance.
The recurring electoral malpractices,violence,forgery of election result and the general lack of transparency by the electoral body stand Nigeria out as a very weak democracy encouraging corruption and bad governance.
Nigerians are therefore not satisfied with our practice of democracy because we are not exercising the capacity to govern ourselves.
Democracy should be all about responsible management of state power and resources and to give space for the voiceless to participate.
The widespread corruption, economic hardship,poor infrastructure, insecurity of lives and property tend to make Nigeria’s democracy an illusion.
It should be appreciated that Nigeria has all the institutions of democracy enough to guarantee good governance but the country has lost substantive mileage to corruption and irresponsible governance.
The International Day of Democracy celebration every ,September 15 therefore affords Nigerian Politicians an opportunity to appraise Nigeria’s march towards democracy since all indicators point to the fact that Nigeria’s democracy is yet to arrive when compared to what obtains in the civilised world.


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