Former Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has mentioned that Nigeria is at a really important junction when the guarantees of democratic improvement are being systemically undermined and eroded.
Prof Jega said this in an interview with journalists at a colloquium in honour of Senior fellow of Middle of Democracy Growth (CDD), Professor Adele Jinadu, on his 79th birthday celebration themed: “Adele Jinadu and Electoral Democracy in Nigeria: Data Manufacturing and Praxis”, organised by the Electoral Hub in Abuja.
He mentioned the nation is want of fine and educated individuals who consider in humanity to handle the basic want of the individuals.
The ex INEC boss mentioned regardless of the recklessness seen and vandalism perpetrated by lots of so known as main politicians, he hoped that individuals would mobilise and develop into successfully engaged within the electoral course of, in order that Nigeria would have an excellent end result in 2023.
“We will’t hand over hope. We nonetheless have to have interaction as a result of the extra we have interaction, the extra the potential for change taking place.”
Jega who described Jinadu as a beacon of hope for the following era who’s enthusiastic about the necessity to reform Nigeria’s electoral course of, careworn the necessity for teachers to take part actively in politics for the progress and improvement of the nation.
“So I consider that his instance actually must be imbibed by all of us who declare to be teachers, who declare to have information, we should put that information to good use for progress and improvement of our nation.”
Former INEC Nationwide Commissioner, Prof. Okey Ibeanu expressed optimism that the present happenings within the political area, particularly the assaults on INEC services wouldn’t have an effect on the conduct of the polls.
In his phrases, “What’s necessary is for Nigerians to understand the significance of this and likewise for the companies as a result of it’s not nearly Ionic, it’s about a number of are the companies which can be concerned in all this.
“However finally, I believe an important factor is for residents to understand that it is a important time in historical past and that the elections of 2023 will likely be crucial in defining the way forward for the nation.
“They usually need to take part as accountable residents and likewise for politicians to comprehend that it’s not nearly them personally, it’s concerning the nation’s future, and subsequently, that they’ve a accountability to behave responsibly in that course of.”
Additionally, Prof Jinadu expressed issues over the rising vicious try to discredit the management of INEC in a fashion to deliver concerning the reversals of advances, in direction of the routinisation of electoral democracy within the nation, made underneath Jega and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
“It should be realized that INEC will not be the enemy of democracy however those that are afraid of INEC’s daring try to routinize electoral integrity because the core of our nation’s electoral course of and electoral governance and whom we should expose for his or her diversionary ways to shift consideration from their undemocratic, unpatriotic agenda”, he mentioned.