Former secretary to Delta state government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, has told the Nigerian military authorities to ensure the democracy being enjoyed in Nigeria is secured and protected, noting that the Nigeria military must protect the territorial integrity of the nation.
Macaulay, who said by May 29, 2019 Nigeria will have attained 20 years of true democracy counting from 1999, advised the military to recommend to the Nigerian government what should be done to make elections work in Nigeria.
The former SSG spoke when he received Rear Admiral Tariworo, deputy commandant of Armed Forces Command College, Jaji and students who were on study course to Delta state on Tuesday at his private residence in Asaba.
He said the electoral umpire which is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not derive its powers from the government of the day, adding that as far as the inspector general of police, chief of defense staff, and chief of army staff must take directive from Aso Rock, “we cannot have true democracy in Nigeria.”
He told the army officers that “we must make sure Nigerians are not just called to vote, but the votes must count and be counted. Figures must not be changed. Any plan to tilt the country towards one party state will not work. One must not belong to a ruling party before he wins elections.”
Macaulay, who said the country is lacking in many areas, said: “We are in a country where there are no democratic institutions. Here, in Nigeria, nobody tells the president the truth. We can’t grow without democratic institutions,” adding that “we are getting to a stage where we do not fear death.”
He told the military officers that as Nigerians and Nigeria being the only country ‘we call our own, we should be proud of the country and do everything to protect the country.’