Group in Abia protests ‘siege against democracy’, executive/judicial rascality
By Steve Oko
A group known as Coalition for the Protection of Democracy, Wednesday staged a peaceful protest against suppression of democracy, bad governance, judicial manipulation and executive rascality in the country.
The group which held its protest in Umuahia the Abia State capital, said that “democracy in Nigeria is under siege”.
Members of the group gathered at the popular Is Gate at the City centre before marching through major roads chanting pro-democracy songs.
They were distributing fliers with various inscriptions such as:”Say no to bad leadership”; “Say no to weak government institutions”; Say no to judicial manipulations”; “Say no to rascality in governance “; ” We must defend our rights as citizens of this great nation “, among others.
Addressing newsmen during the protest, the Abia State Coordinator of the group, Comrade Prince Solomon, expressed disappointment over the level of executive rascality and impunity of those in power.
He said that the right of the masses to choose their leaders had been hijacked by those in power, describing it as a bad omen for democracy.
Comrade Solomon also lamented the connivance of few greedy politicians to suppress the masses for their selfish interests.
He said that members of the Coalition decided to conscientise the people on their rights and encourage them not to give up on the country until Nigeria becomes a better country for all.
” We are here to conscientise every Nigerian to join hands to protect our democracy.
” Our democracy is under threat from every angle. Do we talk about the elections or the processes, or the judiciary or citizens’ rights or inhuman political policies?
“If the people keep quiet about these aberrations Nigeria may become a banana republic. We are here to conscientise the people that at any point in life, they should not give up but press forward.
” When you try to change a corrupt system and it didn’t work, don’t get demoralized. We want people to keep pushing on until Nigeria becomes better”.
Comrade Solomon said that what transpired during the last elections was enough to create apathy among Nigeria youths in subsequent elections but encouraged people not to be damoralised.
” What was witnessed during the last election can create apathy in 2027. Citizens’ rights should not be subjugated. People should insist on their rights.”
He however, sued for peace, insisting that people should not resort to violence but pursue their rights through peaceful means.
Solomon vowed that the coalition would not relent in its efforts to deepen democracy in Nigeria, while calling for the people to resist anti-democratic forces chocking the Nigeria democracy.
“We will not relent to push forward for the right things to be done because we have unborn children whose future is at stake. You know how much Nigeria is owing and how bad things are getting? We must say no to impunity and injustice. Let’s make Nigeria work”.