The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reflected on the June 12, 1993 general election, saying the struggles and sacrifices of past heroes paved the way for the democratic government being enjoyed in the country.
On Monday, the organisation also called on Nigerians to uphold the principles of democracy, justice and fairness at all times as responsible citizens, while leaders must prioritise the needs of the people and ensure that they were accountable to the citizens.
The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, made the submissions in a statement issued in Abuja to commemorate the June 12 democracy day.
He said, “As we mark this year’s Democracy Day on June 12, I want to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our past heroes who fought for democracy in our land. Their struggles and sacrifices have paved the way for the democratic government we enjoy today. We must never forget their efforts and their contributions to our freedom.
“As Nigerians, we must learn from the lessons of June 12 and strive to build a nation where democracy is truly entrenched. We must put aside our religious and cultural differences and work towards the common goal of a better Nigeria. Our leaders must prioritise the needs of the people and ensure that they are accountable to the citizens they serve.
“Furthermore, as we celebrate Democracy Day, we must recognize that there is still much work to be done.
“We need to address the issues of insecurity, corruption, poverty, and unemployment in our country. These problems affect all Nigerians and must be tackled with urgency and sincerity”, he said.
Okoh further called on all Nigerians to play their part in advancing the development of the nation.