Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State says for the nation’s democracy to grow to an enviable height, the Federal Government should intensify efforts to address the issue of alleged marginalization by some ethnic nationalities.
Chief Umahi stated this at the Grand finale of this year’s Democracy Day Celebration held at Pa Ngene Oruta Township Stadium Abakaliki.
Governor Umahi identified marginalization as one of the factors militating against the unity and development of the country, pointing out that while agitations for self determination was not acceptable, issues that promoted such distractions should be addressed.
He noted that the State Government would release three point six billion Naira for intervention in rural primary schools, while thirteen thousand youths and women would be empowered with Two hundred thousand Naira each in the next few months.
The Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim commended Governor Umahi for its developmental strides.
Other residents of the State including; Comrade Ben Nwovu and a former Minister of Power and Steel, Chief Goody Ogbaga told Radio Nigeria that the nation was in dire need of a new constitution to preserve the nation’s democracy.
They also called on various governments to strengthen democratic institutions and treat the rule of law with utmost respect to save the nation from unnecessary tension.
Similarly, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has called for the strengthening of institutions of government to enable Nigerians to reap the dividend of democracy.
In a news conference to mark this year’s democracy day and his seventh anniversary in Office, Governor Okorocha noted that public office holders spent greater part of their tenure strategizing on how to remain in power instead of channeling their energy to the service of the State.
He regretted that many Nigerians had allowed religion, ethnicity, and other sentiments to influence their sense of judgment in the affairs of the nation.
Governor Okorocha called on politicians in the State to play according to the rules to avoid jeopardizing the peace enjoyed in the area.
He added that plans were underway to empower about fifty thousand persons engaged in Small Scale Businesses to further alleviate poverty in the State.
Also, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Rita Maduagwu has appealed to politicians in the country to shun selfishness and corruption which have held the nation hostage for years.
Mrs Maduagwu made the appeal in her Democracy Day message in Awka.
She said the nation needed prayers to surmount the political, economic and religious challenges facing the country.
Mrs Maduagwu appealed to the Federal government to commence the reconstruction of all the Federal roads in the South East and adopt the recommendations of Ndigbo in the country’s restructuring agenda.