YENAGOA – As Nigeria formally celebrates June 12 as the new Democracy Day today, the Ijaw People’s Assembly (IPA) has implored President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in government to preserve the unity of the country by promoting the values of democracy, egalitarianism, fairness and justice, as well as protect the sanctity of lives.
The IPA, a non-partisan pan-Ijaw political pressure group, made the call in a statement on Tuesday signed by Felix Waboso, Dortimi Tawari and Dennis Banigo.
According to the group, the official recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day could not have come at a better time as the country was “gradually sliding towards the precipice and going through self-inflicted convulsion and only waiting for implosion.”
“And the reason is because there tends to be a suffocation of the cherished democratic values of freedom of speech and expression, right to life, right to ownership, separation of power; basic essentials that guarantee and deepen democracy,” the IPA said.
The IPA stated that the new Democracy Day was significant to the Ijaw ethnic nationality as it had enlivened the age-long struggle of the Ijaw people for equity and justice in the administration of the country, including resources and the environment.
It, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review and rescind his decision withholding assent to the Maritime University Bill, stressing that the benefits accruable from establishing the university exceeded the cost of running it and would also assuage frayed nerves in Ijaw land
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