In the statement released by his SPON Media,the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs noted significant Nigerians who struggled to establish democracy in the country.
Nwaoboshi said Nigeria must also honour its heroes like Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election and others who played key roles in making the election possible. He expressed delight at how the citizens have embraced democratic governance in the past two decades, saying there is a lot to come in the coming years in terms of dividends of democracy.
He called for the continuous support and cooperation of the citizens for the entrenchment and deepening of democracy in the country.
Nwaoboshi said: “Democracy Day is a sombre commemoration of our nation’s history. It is a reminder that a government for, of, and by the people is and must be Nigeria’s only recourse.
“As we commemorate today, and remember our heroes like Chief MKO Abiola, we must all collectively commit to playing our own individual roles in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy.”
He harped on the need for Nigerians to contribute their quota towards upholding the tenets of Democracy by ensuring that they register as voters to enable them participate in all elections and he advised eligible citizens who are yet to collect their permanent voter cards from INEC to quickly do so to enable them participate actively in the Democracy process in the country.
Senator Nwaoboshi charged Nigerians to be patriotic at all times and dwell permanently on issues that can unite the country at all times.