Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has echoed the need for Nigerians to embrace true democracy devoid of ethnic mentality as the nation celebrate ‘Democracy Day’ today.
In a statement by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo , to mark Nigeria ’s 19 th democratic anniversary in Owerri , he said politics that’s built on violence would hamper the democratic existence and peace of a nation.
He therefore appealed to Nigerians and political officers to uphold strongly the unity and sustainance of the nation’s democracy for the interest of all.
The statement reads in part: “Governor Okorocha said for Nigeria to have remained under a democratic rule for 19 years uninterrupted in spite of all the challenges confronting her as a multi- ethnic nation calls for celebration and sober reflection.
“Nigerians at this stage should also grow beyond ethnic politics to help our democracy grow faster .“Democracy in Nigeria has come to stay and what is expected in the circumstance is for all hands to be on deck so that we can build a democratic nation of our collective dream and aspiration where peace and unity abound .”
“Nigerians should leverage on the opportunity offered by the 2018 Democracy Day to pray for the leadership of the nation at all levels , and also pray that the good effort of President Muhammadu Buhari to transform the nation and rid her of corruption should produce the needed result.
“The governor asked the good Lord to bless Imo people in particular and Nigerians in general on this momentous period of Nigeria ’s 2018 Democracy Day celebration ,” he concluded .