It’s May 29 and in our great nation Nigeria it is the day we get to celebrate our transition from the military system of government to the democracy system of government.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
According to the Collins English dictionary Democracy is a system of government in which people choose their rulers by voting for them in elections. In the democracy system of government people are allowed to choose who they want, it is strictly a government of the people, the people make their own decisions and nobody can be forced on them.
HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA
After gaining independence in 1960 from Great Britain, civil war started and the first of so many military coups in 1966. Democracy was briefly restored from 1979 to 1983 to the country, but for most of its independent history, Nigeria was ruled by a series of military juntas. The last major military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, died suddenly in 1998. His successor, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar promised a transition to democracy, and accordingly a new constitution was adopted on May 5th, 1999. Elections were held and retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who had previously governed Nigeria as a military ruler, was elected the new president.
President Olusegun Obasanjo became the first Nigerian elected president and he was sworn into office May 29th 1999, May 29 was then adopted as a public holiday to celebrate the democracy system of government.
LIST OF PRESIDENTS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF DEMOCRACY
|S/N||NAME||DATE OF ARRIVAL||DEPARTURE||DURATION||POLITICAL PARTY|
|1.||Olusegun Obasanjo||29th May 1999||29th May 2007||8 Years||People’s Democratic Party (PDP)|
|2.||Umaru Musa Yar’adua||29th May 2007||5th May 2010 (died in office)||2 years, 341 days||People’s Democratic Party (PDP)|
|3.||Goodluck Jonathan||5th May 2010||29th May 2015||5 years, 25 days||People’s Democratic Party (PDP)|
|4.||Mohammed Buhari||29th May 2015||Interim||3 years||All progressive Congress (APC)|
The democracy system in Nigeria allows a leader to rule for four years after which he can decide to go for another tenure.
ARE WE REALLY PRACTICING DEMOCRACY
As a nation, are we really practicing democracy? Is this really the government of the people or leaders are forced upon us? Whatever the case may be, Nigeria is improving and every day we are striving to maintain our identity as the giant of Africa.
What is your stand about the Nigerian Democracy? Hit me up in the comment session. Next year is almost here and it will another time to practice Democracy so get your PVC now and get ready to vote.
Our dear President gave a democracy speech this morning, he addressed his journey has the president of the nation for the past 3 years, he mentioned that democracy is the celebration of freedom.
Watch the video below:
HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY!