The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has expressed his support for the restructuring of Nigeria as a step towards overcoming the challenges facing the country.
In his remarks at the Democracy Day celebration in Akure on Monday, Mr. Akerdolu said democracy had never been about elections but the people’s ability to manage dissenting views for socio-political and economic development.
While also declaring June 12 as a public holiday, the governor said there was a need to improve on the practice of democracy in Nigeria.
According to him, his stand for restructuring remained unchanged, noting that it was necessary for surviving the current economic and political challenges.
The governor appreciated the people of the state for their support for his government since he was elected, saying his government would not fail in fulfilling his campaign promises.
Mr. Akeredolu said the celebration of Democracy Day on May 29 is still important, despite the declaration of June 12 as a public holiday.
While urging the people to have a rethink and rededicate themselves to nation building, he advised youth to actively participate in governance.
The guest speaker at the programme, Tunji Abayomi, however said however only the constitution could restructure Nigeria.
He said the constitution is an agreement by the people on how they want to be governed, adding that democracy is never a finished project, rather it is always evolving.
According to him, democracy requires exposing the people to the liberty to choose their leaders, but noted that the people should be ready to fight for their right.
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