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Arewa forum decries slow growth Nigeria’s democracy

“We are still far away from the dreams of our founding fathers.’’

• June 13, 2024
Shettim Yerima
Shettim Yerima (Credit: Daily Trust)

The National President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima, has decried the snail speed at which Nigeria’s democracy is growing.

Mr Yerima, a human rights activist, spoke during an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

The youth leader and member of The Patriots, an eminent group of leaders of thought spoke when the group visited the residence of the late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

The group, led by the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, visited Abiola’s tomb to pray and to lay wreaths on the occasion of the 2024 anniversary of June 12.

Speaking on the 25 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, Mr Yerima said, “We are still far away from the dreams of our founding fathers. We still have a long way to go. That is my worry now.’’

Mr Yerima said that Nigeria, at almost 64 years after independence, still needed more work before it could be said to be a country everyone would be proud of.


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