Nigeria’s Democracy Has Witnessed ‘More Positives Than Negatives’ – NGF Chairman

Channels Television  
Updated May 30, 2019



Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the 20 years unbroken democracy in Nigeria as positive.

He told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that although the nation has not attained the best of heights, it has recorded a significant improvement.

“I think the balance sheet of democratisation in Nigeria is more positive than negative,” the Ekiti State Governor said.

He added, “Life is not just about positives; its also about negatives and the balance sheet is what makes the difference.”

The NGF chairman said his roles and journey from the military days through the emergence of sustainable democracy put him in a better position to appreciate the value of democracy.

He explained that it is a process, stressing that some developed countries in the world have yet to achieve a perfect democracy.

According to Dr Fayemi, there is no way reversal and challenges will not be encountered by the good news that democracy has continued to improve in in the country.

He urged Nigerians to support the government at all levels in order to leverage and sustain the progress made since 1999 when the nation returned to democratic rule.

“Is it perfect? No, it’s not perfect; but have we made an improvement,” the governor said.

He added, “We have made significant improvement and we can all see those improvements around us, but we can also see challenges around us and that’s what life is about.

“I have a deeper appreciation of when I wasn’t able to come into my own country as a free citizen who is committed to a better Nigeria and now that I have become a player in the process, I’m not suggesting that 20 years of democracy has provided and succeeded in making Nigeria an Eldorado.

“Even in the countries that have matured democracy over centuries, they haven’t succeeded in doing that.”