The speaker said this in a statement by his media aide.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has called on Nigerians to nurture and protect the country’s democracy by participating actively in governance process at all levels.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, to commemorate the Democracy Day in Nigeria.
The speaker in the statement stressed the need for Nigerians to participate fully in the country’s democratic process at both the local, state, and federal levels. He also urged those in authority to build institutions of governance so that the country’s democracy would stand on “sure footing” for the benefit of the future generation.
Mr. Tambuwal said that one of the cardinal principles of democracy was openness and transparency.
“Therefore, those in authority must be open and transparent in the conduct of their activities at all times,” he said.
He said even though the country is faced with various challenges in its march towards nationhood, Nigerians should roll out the drums and celebrate the 14 years of its democracy. He urged Nigerians not to forget so soon, the devastating effect of military rule and how past dictatorships had stunted the growth of the country.
The speaker said that the effect of such past dictatorship had “severely hampered” the freedom of choice for Nigerians.
He congratulated fellow Nigerians for the auspicious day, and reiterated the determination of the House of Representatives to play its constitutional role for the benefit of all.