Hold your leaders accountable, Fayemi urges Nigerians
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerians to always hold their leaders accountable to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
Fayemi pointed out that democracy goes beyond the right to choose leaders through the ballot, but stimulating civic engagement to better the lives of the citizens.
The Governor stated this recently while delivering a paper at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington DC, United States of America.
Governor Fayemi’s lecture was entitled: “Twenty Years of Democracy in Nigeria: Successes and Challenges.” in the event with the theme : Deepening Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
In attendance were Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Martin LutherAgwai; former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega and a member of House of Representatives, Hon Aishatu Dukku; as well as officials of the US Department of State, scholars and members of the civil society.
While noting that Nigeria has made significant progress since returning to civil rule in 1999, Dr. Fayemi opined that “democracy is a journey and not a destination” hence the need to address imbalances in the Nigerian federation.
He maintained that a fundamental restructuring of the Nigerian federation is an “unavoidable step for the creation and sustenance of a participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, responsive and equitable national governance based on respect for the rule of law.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) explained that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) included restructuring in its 2015 and 2019 manifestoes and has been working towards it in a bid to use its platform to address the perceived structural imbalance.
On restructuring, Fayemi said, must address issues like writing the people’s constitution and the question of constitutional governance, the fundamental precepts of authorising principles of national togetherness, citizenship and national question, the political economy of federalism including the allocation of public revenue, security sector governance, human rights, social justice, electoral system, type of government-parliamentary or presidential, among others.