June 12: Nigeria’s democracy in deep Crisis, Future uncertain – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, has expressed concerns over the state of Nigeria’s democracy, describing it as deeply troubled and the nation’s destiny as uncertain and precarious. In a statement shared on his verified Twitter account, Obi lamented the undermining of foundational pillars of democracy due to prevalent impunity, pervasive violence, and bloodshed.


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Obi’s remarks coincided with the commemoration of “June 12 Democracy Day” in Nigeria. He acknowledged the collective choice of late Chief M.K.O Abiola as a worthy leader, which was celebrated by Nigerians and recognized by governments and peoples around the world. Obi emphasized that June 12 represents Nigeria’s journey toward becoming a true democracy.



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The former governor of Anambra State pointed out that Nigerians demonstrated their preference for genuine democracy by participating in transparent voting methods, even during military rule. However, he expressed disappointment in the expanding trust deficit between leaders and Nigerians.


Obi called on the government to respect and protect the institutions of the democratic state, fulfill the social contract with the people, and adhere to the responsibilities of responsible governance as outlined in the constitution. He emphasized the crucial role of upholding the rule of law.


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Regrettably, Obi observed a worrisome trend of foundational pillars of democracy being undermined by prevailing impunity, widespread violence, and loss of life. The widening trust deficit between leaders and Nigerians further compounded these challenges.


Highlighting the deficits in trust and efficiency during recent elections, Obi believed that the lessons of June 12 and the commemoration of Democracy Day should inspire corrective actions to restore people’s confidence in the nation’s future and the promise of true democracy. He urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the inherent capacity of the democratic system to self-correct.



Obi remained committed and convinced that a new Nigeria was possible. He stressed the importance of selfless leaders who prioritize national interest, sustainable development, and innovative thinking to provide every Nigerian, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or social status, with freedom of choice, protection of lives and property, and ordered liberties.



While acknowledging the real and achievable nature of these aspirations, Obi reiterated his promise to Nigerians that he would continue the fight to bring about leadership that would prioritize their needs.



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