Nothing about Nigeria’s Democracy is Irreversible, Fayemi Warns

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Fayemi while delivering his speech

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Olawale Olaleye from Oxford and Chuks Okocha in Abuja

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the weekend warned that there was nothing irreversible about Nigeria’s democracy. Fayemi said the idea of a democratic system should not be tied only to elections, to the detriment of other critical elements of an egalitarian society.

The governor made the assertions at a conference on 20 years of democracy in Nigeria at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, the United Kingdom, where he was a special guest speaker.

He said, “What we established in 1999 is the right to choose our leaders via the ballot. What we must not do is assume a teleological link between elections and democracy.

“The notion that once you have elections, all else will follow is no doubt a pipe dream that is now obvious to all and even now, there is…



Source: Thisday Newspaper