By Paul Efiong, Abuja
Ekiti State Gov. Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday said Nigeria may find it difficult to sustain a practicable democracy, considering the level of un-condusive environment created by insurgency and other disaster in the country.
Fayemi made the assertion in Abuja at a book launch titled, “Nigeria Democracy Without Development, How to Fix It“, authored by Dr Omano Edigheji.
Represented by Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Fayemi appraised the author for giving the public, what he called “Food for Thought“ about the relationship between democracy and development through his innovative ideas.
“The narrative of the book is the relationship between democracy and development, in my own view; i think development will deliver democracy but not the other way round.
“Because in an environment where you have poverty, lack of consensus on vision for the people and for the nation, is difficult to nearly talk about democracy.
“And I hold the view that without development, is difficult to sustain democracy because democracy pre-supposes that people are interested in enforcing freedom and participating in governance through contribution of representation.
According to him, it will be difficult to achieve such vision when the majority of people are unable to put food on their table.
“I think this is an issue the author is able to address in his book, but I hope the view that to have a democratic state, first and foremost, we most succeed as a developmental state.
He, however, expressed hope that when the country get rid of poverty, illiteracy, insurgency and when all the human calamities are taken away from a polity, from the geographical jurisdiction, Nigeria would able to attain democracy.
Also, Mr Auwal Musa, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Centre, noted it would be difficult for Nigeria as a nation to compete with other developed nations of the world democratically, considering the level of corruption.
Musa, who was one of the panelists deliberated on politics, governance and the fight against corruption, explained that Nigeria had failed in area of industrialization, ethical moral value, and total development among others resulting from corruption.
“There is no way you can have development in Nigeria when corruption is the order of the day at local, national leve,l there is huge completion for siphoning public money”.