By Diana Omueza
A former Chief of Staff to Imo State government, Uche Nwosu, has said that Democracy Day remains a day to celebrate Nigeria’s past heroes who fought for the nations democracy.
Nwosu said this while addressing journalists in a virtual news conference on Monday in Abuja.
He said that President Bola Tinubu’s democracy day speech was a reflection of the achievement, progress and growth of democracy in the country and not necessarily the plans of his administration.
“During Mr President’s democracy speech, he had said that he is going to give priority to electricity, transportation and education and I don’t think that message is shallow.
“This is a president that has not stayed even up to a month in office, but the problem with us is that we like things to come fast.
“Some of the countries that have been in democracy have been there for more than 100 years and our president just made a speech for democracy and many are attacking.
“It does not mean that the president is making the speech for what he is going to do or what is in his four years plan for the country.
“That is a different thing, this is democracy day and he told us in his message that Nigerians should bear with him and he is going to give priority to road, hospitals, schools, and make life more easier for the poor masses.
“When you look at all these things, these are things that affect the poor masses, so I don’t know what else we are looking for in the speech that the president did not say,” he said.
Nwosu, President, Ugwumba Leadership Centre, urged Nigerians to celebrate the freedom and peace that came with being in a democratic system and not attack the new administration.
He expressed optimism in the ability of the president Tinubu led government to unite and improve the country.
He advised the president to strive to devolve political will and power to the local councils in order to bring democracy closer to the people.
He also advised the government to make efforts to cut the cost of governance and not the system of governance for better democracy.
Nwosu urged the about to be inaugurated 10th National Assembly to be driven by national interest and not sectional interest.
He added that the assembly must show Nigerians that they would uphold the trust bestowed on them.