By Lawrence Olaoye
A group, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has called for vigilance among political stakeholders in the country to guide agains the antics of some anti-democratic forces bent on derailing the progress of the nation.
The group in a statement signed by its Director of Public Communications and Strategy, Dr. Udenta O. Udenta, also urged Nigerians to to re-commit themselves to the foundational values and norms that undergird Nigeria’s democratization process as the nation celebrates its 15 years of unbroken democratic transitions and power successions.
The group in its appraisal of the nation’s democracy, 15years after, pointed at the strengthening of the electoral act, the landmark judicial pronouncements on electoral disputes that have given rise to staggered governorship elections in a number of states, and the steady evolution of the political party system as clear pointers to the consolidation of Nigeria’s democracy.
But it stressed that a lot more work needed to be done in the areas of public enlightenment and voter education as a means of creating an all-inclusive political society as the nation gradually enters the phase of issue-based electioneering campaigns.
TAN however warned that anti-democratic forces still abound in the country and that these elements are not only limited to the ranks of the terrorists and extremist insurgents who have levied war against the Nigerian people.
H said “the celebration of Nigeria’s 15 years of democratic governance should create the opportunity for Nigerian political parties and political stakeholders to close ranks and forge a united front against the anti-democratic forces and elements still prowling the land.