Violent election, others, threats to democracy, ALBNI says on June 12

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Civil society organisation, the Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative on Friday charged the Federal Government to address violence in elections, vote buying, underage voting, compromised electoral officials, low voter turnout and other challenges that pose serious threats to growing Nigeria’s electoral culture in recruiting genuine leaders across boards.

A statement signed by its Executive Director, Remi Adebayo in Abuja on the occasion of the 2020 Democracy Day said June 12 gives the Nigerian people another opportunity to reflect on the path the nation’s democracy has taken in the past years since returning to civil rule in 1999.

“Although, we have not attained the best this can offer us, seeing some imperfections still being encountered along the way; issues of violence in elections, vote buying, underage voting, compromised electoral officials, low voter turnout and many other still pose serious threats to growing our electoral culture and in recruiting genuine leaders across boards.

“But all hope is not lost! We can boldly say the journey since 1999 has similarly afforded us some leverage to participate individually and together in the process on raising the points of advocacy in boosting the people’s ownership of this democracy.

“We therefore cannot relent, as more is still demanded from us in the years coming to transfer to our offsprings a nation and its democratic possession for which they can globally cherish and flaunt in pride,” the statement added.

Adebayo therefore called for continued faith in democracy by supporting Nigerian leaders to improve on noted weaknesses and being a channel through which generations can embrace our commitment to nation building.

He congratulates members of the organisation and charged them to brace up for more involvement in deepening the prevailing democracy.