Nigeria’s one-stop-shop for telecoms services, Globacom, has congratulated Nigerians on 26 years of grit, determination and persistence in pursuing and promoting the culture of democratic government as the country celebrates Democracy Day.
The Federal Government had earlier officially declared June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, underscoring the pivotal role the botched election of June 12, 1993, played in the entrenchment of democracy in the country.
In a statement released in Lagos on Tuesday, the company congratulated Nigeria for the two decades of five successive democratic governments that the country has experienced so far, noting that June 12 is largely responsible for this.
Globacom said that “the experience of Nigerians before, during and after the elections contributed heavily to nurturing and deepening the democratic experience as well as highlighting Nigerians’ quest for elective governance after a long period of military rule.”
The firm noted that the experience of June 12 represents a watershed in the democratic trajectory of the nation. “It speaks to Nigerians’ passionate desire for democratic governance, liberty, rule of law, human rights and the inalienable right to vote and be voted for. It is a metaphor that symbolizes the country’s rejection of repression of people’s will in any form, shape or size”, the company stated.
The company encouraged Nigerians to continue to safeguard democratic tenets in words, deeds and actions, and congratulated them for supporting democracy to thrive. It expressed the hope that democratic practice and ethos will ultimately birth progress and development in the country.
Globacom concluded that it was high time that more democratic dividends were enjoyed by the common man.