Democracy has played an important role in shaping the world over the years for the good of the common man. We have travelled through different power structures in time , from monarchy to conquest to dictatorship to popular sovereignty. A concept through which the people of a nation choose their government through regular, free and fair elections. It is a milestone worth being celebrated and Nigeria as a democratic country celebrates its democracy day every year on June 12.
Democracy Day is a day to celebrate a free and fair nation where the will of the people is reflected in the government administration. Democracy is defined as the government of the people by the people and for the people. Today we come together to celebrate a nation where the people matter, and exercise their supreme power though their votes.
Today marks 23 years since Nigerians came together and elected a representative for themselves in it’s first free and fair election. Though the election was considered null and void the voices of the people were heard for the first time. It was the first time that Nigerians came together irrespective of tribal differences to exercise their right in an even bad weather. In recent years however it can be debated that politics has taken a different turn and has made democracy less responsive as it should be. Nevertheless the cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy as said by John Dewey, so today not only are we celebrating democracy we are encouraging everyone out there to go and get their PVC and exercise their right and duty towards Nigeria. The importance of celebrating this day cannot be overemphasized. It is to remind us that we are in charge and that our singular votes per person is not insignificant. Good democracy makes a great nation and from all of us at the Institute for Work and Family Integration – IWFI, we wish you a Happy Democracy Day celebration.