By Ajibola Abayomi,
May 28, 2018.
Democratic People Congress (DPC), has lamented three years of unfulfilled promises under the current govern met of All Progressive Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued on Monday from Abuj signed by the party’s National Chairman, Reverend Olusegun Peters, the party stated thus:
“Democracy is government of the people by the people and for the people. 29th May 2018, marks the nation’s 19th year of uninterrupted democracy since Independence on 1st October 1960.
“It is a milestone in Nigerians’ quest for sustainable democracy that has been interrupted by military coups and gruesome civil war. The 2018 Democracy Day also marks President Muhammadu Buhari’s three years in power.
“May 29 Democracy Day is intended to pay tribute to fellow compatriots who sacrificed their lives so that Nigeria would see democracy. It calls for sober reflection on the virtues of democratic governance, mediation, studies and workshops on how to nurture, reinforce and strengthen democracy in Nigeria.”
Sadly, the hopes of Nigerians for dividends of democracy and better life have been dashed by successive governments that adopted the obnoxious divide-and-rule policy at the expense of progressive governance and deepening of democratic ethos, ethics, values and ideal.
He noted further that the good people of Nigeria have been short-changed and betrayed by governments at all levels since 29th May 1999, in violation of section 14(2)b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which states that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
DPC therefore called on the Federal, State and Local Governments to sit up and take governance serious and provide dividends of democracy that will assuage the sufferings of the people saying Nigerians demandede improved standards of living, not carnage.
“The mindless killings across the country are outrageous, despicable and detestable. They are man’s inhumanity against man and should stop forthwith. Security agents should take their constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and properties serious and be pro-active in preventing killings and kidnapping of fellow citizens.
“All those arrested over these heinous crimes and their sponsors should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who will contemplate these atrocities against fellow compatriots.
“The Buhari government has failed Nigerians’ aspiration for security, unity, employment, quality healthcare, infrastructural development, good education, improved social services and wealth creation that will boost the economy.
Political upheavals, mismanagement of the economy, dictatorship, marginalization of most Nigerians, disobedience of orders of courts of competent jurisdiction, suppression, oppression and persecution of opposition parties’ leaders are the bane of the Buhari Presidency and must stop henceforth for democracy to thrive in the country.
“DPC calls on the Federal Government to dialogue with the striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association (AHPA) with a view to addressing their grievances. Thousands of Nigerians across the country have been denied medical attention due to the ongoing health workers strike and many patients have died.
“The life of every Nigerian counts and should be considered in government’s healthcare delivery. Sadly, the nation’s hospitals are mere consulting clinics without drugs and equipment while the rich and public office holder travel abroad for medical treatment.
DPC urged Nigerians to register and obtain their permanent voters cards (PVC) which are their instrument to effect a change in governments at all levels ahead of the 2019 general elections as power resides in the people.