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Oshiomhole hails Nigerians for democracy consolidation

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo Bureau Chief Benin

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, at the weekend paid tribute to all those who contributed to the final enthronement of democracy in Nigeria, saying democracy has now been formally consolidated because the real test of democracy lies in government changing through the ballot box, which took place in Nigeria on March 28.

The governor who said this while receiving members of the Edo State Correspondent Chapel who paid him a congratulatory visit at government house said: “I believe that across the country that democracy has now been formally enthroned and consolidated because the real test of democracy lies in government being elected into office or being voted out of office courtesy of the ballot not the gun”.

According to him, “When President Barak Obama visited Africa and Nigeria was not on the list, few of us were in the US on the platform of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum. We visited the State Department and we expressed our disappointment that Obama would not visit Nigeria.

“The Secretary of State for Africa then said, Obama will not come to Nigeria because they do not encourage bad behaviour in that those of them who are friends of Nigeria, each time we think you are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, they will say let us encourage

these people to get there, and when you wake up the next day, you will find out that the tunnel has been removed.

“So it is so disappointing for those of them who see Nigeria as the key to Africa’s development, both politically and economically and he said Obama would go to Ghana because though Ghana haven’t solved all their problems, it has shown some capacity that their democracy has matured.

“And the test of that maturity is that the people of Ghana have been able to remove a government by the opposition party and opposition party that formed the government has been defeated by another opposition party. That is the test of democracy. Unlike in Nigeria

where in each election you deepen rigging; nobody wants to appear to endorse or support such a situation,” he recalled.

Oshiomhole said: “Today, we are happy that Nigeria has joined those nation states that can say it is possible that a government has been replaced by very ordinary people equipped and armed only by their voter cards.