Saturday 22 June 2019


'Since 1999, the Presidency has exceeded the role and powers prescribed by the constitution.
 Besides, over-concentration of power in the hands of Governors is indeed a fallacy'
 - Mahmud Jega

The above quote represents the mood at the public event organised by CDD to commemorate the 20th anniversary of democracy in Nigeria. The following were at the event:

*Prof. Bayo Olukoshi, Director, IDEA - Chairman
*Mahmud Jega, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Daily Trust newspapers - Keynote speaker
*Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti state - Speaker
*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa, Conflict Transformation Expert - Participant
*Hafsat Abiola, Founder, KIND - Speaker
*Aisha Osori, Executive Director, OSIWA - Speaker
*Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Fmr. Minister - Speaker

The occasion was also in memory of two deceased champions of democratic ideals on the African continent - Dr. Tajudeen Abdulrahman (died 10 years ago) and Prof. Abubakar Momoh (died 2 years ago). The consensus was that 'If the battle of yesterday was to rid ourselves of Military rule, today's challenge is to regain our citizenship'.

It was noted that the representation of women in parliament and indeed politics in general, falls short of expectation and it is the lowest in Africa. The masochistic and 'masculinist' nature of Nigeria's politics needs to evolve into a milieu where women are allotted safe spaces to ensure  their effective participation in politics. The June 12 saga shows that no matter how long a lie is brandished as the truth, the victim could be vindicated posthumously!

The nature of politics in Nigeria is essentially transactional. This needs to change. As far as the practice of democracy is concerned, we should never let the perfect be the enemy of the little progress we've made. Political parties remain limited liability companies of their founders. This needs to be interrogated in order to allow for internal Party democracy. There are three major areas where citizens need to engage their leaders - Democratic norms, local government issues and citizens' rights.

On the whole, it was realised that democracy is work in progress which we should never tire of fine-tuning...

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Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa @ the event

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