The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in September 1997, adopted a Universal Declaration on Democracy. It affirms the principles of democracy, the international scope of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government.
It was resolved by the United Nations General Assembly to observe 15th September as the International Day of Democracy in 2007. The purpose of which was to promote and uphold the principles of democracy. All member states and organisations were invited to commemorate the day in appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.
The preamble of the resolution was “while democracies share fommon features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region…. democracy is an universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, amd their full participation in all aspects of life”.
Growing up, democracy as I was taught in school meant “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. I chuckle whenever I remember that now because what we have in Nigeria is a government of the very select few, by them and for them. The entire people it was meant for are cut off. 😞😒
I give kudos to the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, he was a pioneer of democracy in Nigeria. Sadly though, not sure that is what is being practised in this our Naija, ever since military rule ended. Our leaders are nothing short of a Shakespearean tale of comedians, who are selfish and take the masses for fools….story for another day…😶😤
We should let our voices be heard and cast our votes wisely to choose credible leaders and vote out unscrupulous entities.
Oh well….Happy International Day of Democracy to everyone in the universe.
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