By Oke Peter
Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has commemorated with Nigerians on the Nation’s democracy day celebrations, describing it as a moment of deep national pride and introspection.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Julius Bokoru, on Friday, Sylva believes, as we all do, that only a healthy democracy can guarantee a greater nation.
Though our democracy has faced steep times, trying moments and points in history when cynics have attempted, and failed, to have our democracy submerged, we have still, with our collective love for nationhood, come out stronger and more democratic.
The battle to sustain our democracy will be an eternal one. We must constantly be watchful and vigilant, there may be a few who benefits from an apocalyptic democracy and who may take deliberate steps to ensuring that. Sylva is confident the unyielding spirit of Nigerians will always keep us on safe perimeters.
Sylva is appreciative of President Muhammadu Buhari’s democratic drive which, apparently, has taken us to newer, higher planes of national democracy. This is a bright spot in our Nation’s history and the current democratic structures being built will serve us well into the future.
Sylva is thankful, too, of Nigerians whose believe and love for country has never wavered. That believe, that deep sense of nationhood and patriotism, underpins healthy, lasting democracies.
Happy democracy day, Nigeria.