The Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Yahaya has called for the strengthening of the institutional framework for the smooth conduct of free and fair elections, transparency, accountability and rule of Law.
Speaking at the June 12 Democracy Day Celebration in Gombe, Governor Yahaya said by strengthening the institutional framework, ”there would be respect for human rights, internal party democracy, party discipline, press freedom and increased government’s responsiveness to the needs of the people.”
Improving peoples lives
He also urged Nigerian leaders as well as every Nigerian citizen to show commitment in nurturing the democracy, to fast track development and improve the well being of the people.
The Governor promised to sustain the peaceful transition of power and the democratic gains made in the state, for its socio-economic development.
He said the main challenge that the Nigerian Democracy faced was to keep the populace actively engaged in the democratic process, beyond electioneering period.
Governor Yahaya said ”the sustenance of democracy could be achieved with the active engagement of the ordinary citizens in meaningful discourse on issues affecting them.”
He called on everyone to work hard in strengthening the democratic culture, by enthroning good governance and enriching the lives of the people.