Former Abia State governor and senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on the political class to adhere to the tenets of democracy for the sake of nation building.
According to Kalu, Nigeria’s democracy is gradually improving, adding that the people’s will must be upheld in elections for the sustenance of democracy.
Acknowledging the importance of democracy to a nation, the former governor urged government all levels to live up to expectations.
In a statement released on Tuesday by his media office in commemoration of Democracy Day, Kalu applauded the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in taking Nigeria to greater heights.
He said, “I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day as a mark of honour to the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola.
“The decision of President Buhari to immortalize Abiola was well received with commendations from different quarters. It is indeed remarkable and historic.
“Nigeria’s founding fathers, including Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Tafawa Balewa, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Ladoke Akintola, and others laid a good foundation for Nigeria’s democracy.
“The political class must sustain the hard earned legacies of these patriotic Nigerians, who served the country in different capacities selflessly and meritoriously.
“As politicians, we must embrace the virtues of democracy anchored on, probity, transparency and accountability.
“The essence of democracy is good governance and genuine leadership that will transform the lives of the people.”