A former President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Peter Esele, says the celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria is a reminder to citizens about the tenets of democracy.
Esele told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Wednesday that the day also lays emphasis on the importance of democracy and the need for Nigerians to learn not to resort to self help.
According to him, resorting to self help would create room for anarchy.
He said in a democracy, every means available must be used through democratic institutions to ensure equity, justice and fair play.
Esele, a salwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said commendation should be given to those who felt aggrieved in various primaries during the elecctions and did not resort to self help.
He said they rather sought justice in the courts.
According to him, the last 20 years of the present democratic dispensation had evolved like the “glass was half full than half empty”.
Chief Dan Orbih, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, also said that Nigerians were observing Democracy Day and not celebrating democracy.
He said that the National Assembly should urgently revisit the electoral law to strengthen the electoral process.
” Nigerians are losing faith in the nation’s electoral process and this certainly is not good for the country’s democracy.
“We are democratically retarded by our inability to conduct free and fair elections; obvious lapses and re-miss on the part of INEC must be dealt with and those concerned should be removed for us to move forward,” he said.