Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on the Federal Government to improve on security in parts of the country, as Nigerians mark maiden June 12 democracy day.
June 12 has now replaced May 29 as Democracy Day in Nigeria, after President Muhammadu Buhari had assented to the Public Holidays Act Amendment Bill.
The residents made the call in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
They also called on the Federal Government to also give attention to security and other sectors such as the economy, infrastructural development and job creation among others.
Mrs Agnes Clement, a trader, said that the issue of security in any nation could not be over-emphasised, adding that one of the benefits of a secured country is the attraction of foreign investors.
She thanked Buhari for his renewed efforts to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country and expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome the menace.
” I believe that by the grace of God, Nigeria will surmount the security challenges confronting the country,’’ she said.
On his part, Mr Kenneth Ijachi, a civil servant, expressed concern about insecurity in the country, and urged the Federal Government to take proactive steps to ensure that lives and property were secured.
Miss Joyce Okolo, a teacher, expressed optimism that very soon the issue of insecurity in the country would be a thing of the past.
On recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day, Mr Ezekiel Bala, a businessman, commended President Buhari for recognising June 12 as democracy day in Nigeria.
According to him, June 12 is a factor that united Nigerians and we should build on it.
Bala called on Nigerians to make use of the opportunity to move the nation forward, saying ‘’ June 12 is a sign of freedom for all Nigerians and foundation of our democracy.’’
Edited by Felix Ajide