July 14, 2024

June 12: It’s time for youths to rise, take ownership of democracy – ADC


The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has said after over two decades of uninterrupted democracy and 25 years after the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, it was time Nigerian youths take ownership of the nation’s democracy.

National Youth Leader of the party, Chukwuka Odimbu, stated this at the party’s one-day National Leadership Conference in Abuja, on Wednesday.

“As Nigerians commemorate this 12th day of June as Democracy Day; it is indeed a memorable and eventful period.

“ It is in the history of our existence as people of common pain, the nation of consanguinity and a democratic independent entity.

“ADC hereby implores our youths to take ownership of our dear country as it belongs to all of us.

“As youths, we make up a chunk of the country’s population; our numerical strength is unmatchable as we have a vital role to play towards sensitizing the entire populace.

“Our role is simple; preach peace in principle-action and speech, then participate in governance towards purposeful engagement and sustainable development.

“Undoubtedly, 25 years of uninterrupted civil rule and most lengthy democracy to Nigerians is a long way to call.

“This, indeed, calls for a celebration that we could still stand as a people, a nation despite all odds and challenges over the past two (2) decades.

“Notable, Nigeria’s uninterrupted democratic sojourn of over two (2) decades (1999-2024) had been characterized at a stretch with mixed experience, the good and the bad, progress and retrogression, economic boom and upturn, upheavals and giant strides successes and challenges, hopes and successive fulfillments,” he said.

Odimbu, while speaking about the significance of June 12 in the political history of Nigeria said, “June 12th holds a special place in our hearts as it marks a historic turning point.

“It is a day that symbolizes the resilience of our democratic spirit, a spirit that was unmistakably evident during the 1993 elections.

“These elections, widely regarded as the freest and fairest in our nation’s history, were unfortunately annulled, leading to widespread protests and calls for justice.

“The events of June 12, 1993, became a catalyst for profound political change, eventually ushering in an era of renewed democratic governance.

“Today, as we celebrate Democracy Day, we must acknowledge the progress we have made while recognizing that democracy is an ongoing process, not a destination.

“It requires constant vigilance, active participation and commitment to the common good. This is where you, the youths come in,” he added.

The party also said President Bola Tinubu owes the country a civic responsibility to protect the young democracy, in words and deeds.



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