The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has described the declaration of June 12 as democracy day in Nigeria as commendable.
The IYC said that the declaration is commendable considering the historical role of the June 12, 1993 presidential election to the struggle for democratic rule in Nigeria.
In the opinion of the IYC, the earlier May 29 democracy day was a product of the June 12 struggle, hence the later date more appropriately qualifies to be known and observed as democracy day.
However, the IYC has called on President Buhari to take further steps to address the key principles of the June 12 struggle by restructuring the country on the path of true federalism where the federating units would be the engine room to drive development.
In the opinion of the IYC, the June 12 struggle was more than attainment of democratic rule but the achievement of a society where the rule of law would reign supreme with Nigerians living a prosperous life.
These were the ideals the symbol of the June 12 struggle, the late Moshood Abiola fought and died for. The legal icon Chief Gani Fawehinmi also fought for same ideas.
Therefore, the IYC calls on President Buhari to address the ideals that the late Abiola and Fawehinmi fought and died for rather than mere declaration of June 12 as democracy day.
The declaration of June 12 as democracy would be meaningless if our democracy does not bring prosperity to Nigerians.
The June 12 democracy day can only be meaningful when Nigeria is restructured to drive the required development which would eventually wipe poverty from our land.
Signed for the IYC: Eric Omare,President, IYC