The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives on Friday called on leaders at all levels as well as the Nigerian citizenry to cherish, respect and uphold the tenets of democracy, not only as a system of government but also as a way of life.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, in a solidarity message to Nigerians on June 12 celebration, stressed that the practice of democracy
The Caucus demanded respect for rules of law at all levels, adherence to
the dictates of the law, tolerance, mutual respect as well as upholding of principles of justice, equality and fairness in public and private settings.
According to the Caucus, “celebrating June 12 in honour of the late Chief MKO Abiola, winners of the free, fair and credible but annulled June 12, 1993, Presidential election, places a huge demand on the nation to take a firm step to establish procedures that decisively guarantee free, fair and credible electoral process at all levels.
” Democracy is rooted and sustained by credible elections, where all levels of electoral processes; from the nomination of candidates, the ballot process and declaration of results, are only determined by the wishes and aspiration of the people as expressed in their unhindered participation in all the stages
“June 12 affords our nation the opportunity to reflect on the huge sacrifices made by the Chief MKO Abiola and other compatriots to establish democracy in Nigeria; which consciousness must continue to guide our actions in governance
“Our caucus, therefore, calls on all leaders at every level of political engagement to be more selfless and redouble their committed to the demands of transparency, justice and fairness in all their dealings with Nigerians”
Hon Elumelu also assured of the steadfastness of the Minority Caucus towards legislation and oversight activities geared to protect the rights of citizens and ensure good governance in the country.
The caucus congratulated Nigerians and prayed for unity, cohesion and peaceful co-existence in the country.
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