A former Nigerian Ambassador to Philippine, Ambassador Yemi Faroubi has said that Nigeria should be ashamed that it has not been able to achieve fairness in any other election organised since 1993.
He stated this while speaking at the public lecture organize by Osun Civil Society Organization in Partnership with Osun state government, with the theme “The Making of a Nation and Nigeria Democracy in Progress”.
Farounni said that it is sad that 1993 election still remain the fairest and the best and that Nigeria has been able to organize adding that Nigeria should be ashamed that its best is in the past as a nation.
“We should be ashamed that we have not lived up to the standard that we set for ourselves 27 years ago and we have not been able to repeat that feat, we have not been able to improve on it.
“Part of what made the 1993 election to be like that was an open ballot system. Time past is a time present and time future is a time past but time past and present will tell the future. We should look back and see what we can repeat.
“The greatest problem we have is political recruitment. Elections are one pillar of democracy but not core. A free and fair election doesn’t guarantee good governance.
“The parties must be assisted, mobilised, motivated that they presented good candidates. That is when we can be talking about dividends of democracy.
Speaking at the event, Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola said that the absence of strong institutions, equity, justice, political will and fairness was responsible for Nigeria’s wobbled nationhood and democracy adding that the country must find the courage to institute these virtues and values in its polity to build a strong, virile and prosperous nation desired by the citizens.
“Nationhood and democracy rest on strong institutions, equity, justice, political will and fairness. The absence of these kernels was responsible for our wobbled nationhood and democracy. We shall have to find the courage to institute them in our polity to build a strong, virile and prosperous nation that we desire.
“The road to nationhood and democracy is in looking through the rear-view mirror to correct the anomalies in our journey so far, including those that made the fate of June 12 to befall us, and having the political will to birth a nation and a democracy that will truly make us to occupy our place as the Giant of Africa”, he said.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Organisation in Osun, Students as well as Omoyele Sowore’s #TakeItBack had earlier protest on the street of Osogbo, bearing placards.
Some inscriptions on the placard said, “Save Nigeria from sinking, Buhari must restructure our economy now, we want a nation where peace and unity shall reign”.