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June 12: Group urges fervent prayers against Nigeria’s socio-political, economic challenges

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The Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora of the United States of America (USA) has called for sincere prayers for Nigeria to overcome the country’s socio-political and economic challenges.

President of the group Mr Timothy Sule made the call in a statement on Tuesday while assessing the country’s democracy in the past three years ahead of June 12 democracy day commemoration.

“We, members of Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora USA, call for sincere prayers for our great country, Nigeria.

“We believe vehemently that we shall overcome. Nigeria shall overcome and our democracy shall thrive,” he said.

Sule decried the use of the military and other state apparatus in some states of the federation during the 2019 general elections.

He said that the political situation in the country called for fervent prayers especially for the political leaders.

He said that the prayers had become critical to the survival of the country.

According to him, Nigeria as a country with a population of more than 200 million people cannot afford to have any form of negative humanitarian.

Sule said that such negative situation would not only spill over to other countries in the sub-region, but also put pressure on the outside world.

He recalled how on Aug. 7, 2018 security operatives invaded the National Assembly and disrupted legislative activities in the bid to forcefully remove the elected leaders of the Senate.

“This is in addition to constant harassment of federal lawmakers and besiegement of the official residents of the leaders of the Senate by security operatives.

“Even the judiciary has not been spared,” Sule said.

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a bill on June 12 as the Democracy Day to law.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the bill 48 hours to what will become the first Democracy Day in the country.

The Act specifies that June 12 now replaces May 29, which was introduced in 1999 as the official Democracy Day.

Following the signing of the law, May 29 would only be marked as a day for handover and inauguration of new governments in the country.

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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