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Democracy standing strong amid fires of adversity, says CAN

“Let us work together to build a stronger, more just Nigeria.’’

• June 13, 2024
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) (Credit: Facebook)

The Christian Association of Nigeria has said the country’s democracy has been tested by the fires of adversity but remained steadfast because it is the best form of governance.

The association’s President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, in a message to mark this year’s Democracy Day, emphasised the need for the government to lead the country with integrity and put its citizens first.

He said, “As we celebrate 25 years of uninterrupted democracy and the 31st anniversary of the widely acclaimed ‘freest and fairest’ presidential election of June 12, 1993, CAN congratulates the government and people of Nigeria. Our democracy has been tested by the fires of adversity, from the struggles of its early years to the present-day trials of insecurity, economic hardship and social injustice. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our belief that democracy is the best form of government for our nation.

“We urge the government to prioritise the common good, address pressing issues and ensure that our democracy serves the people, not just the interests of a few.’’

Mr Okoh stressed the importance of integrity, transparency and accountability in governance, saying that leaders must recognise that power is a sacred trust and that they would be held accountable for their actions.

He also stressed the need for unity and inclusivity, recognising the value of Nigeria’s ethnic, religious and cultural differences.

“Let us work together to build a stronger, more just Nigeria, where everyone has a voice and equal opportunity. As people of faith, we believe that democracy is a gift from God, and we must steward it wisely. We pray for divine guidance and wisdom for our leaders, and we urge all Nigerians to participate actively in the democratic process.

“Let us work together to build a brighter future for ourselves, our children and generations yet unborn,” Mr Okoh stated.

(NAN) 

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