Nigeria have not experienced a genuine democracy – Osun traditional ruler

Osun prominent traditional ruler, the Orangun of Oke-Ila Orangun, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, has said that Nigeria have not experienced a genuine democracy, despite it’s 20 years of uninterrupted democracy¬†

He made this statement during a democracy day lecture which was organized by the Ondo state government on Wednesday.

The monarch lamented on military interjection in the country.

In his words “Nigeria would have been developed more, but for the military interjection which caused a major setback in the country.

“It might take Nigeria between 20 and 30 years before it could witness a genuine democracy which all Nigerians will enjoy”.

The monarch, also stressed the need of the Federal government to recognise past heroes and heroines of democracy in the country, stating that roles played by activists to ensure civil rule in the country were uncommon.

He mentioned names like, Gani Fawehinmi, Abraham Adesanya, Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Bola Ige, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Alfred Rewani, as some of the Nigerians who played significant roles in returning democratic rule back to Nigeria.

He also applauded the roles, played by the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) for the role they played in returning to civil rule, he recalled that many members of the organisation were jailed and killed in the process of fighting for civil rule.

The monarch, bemoaned that those who fought for a democratic rule did not live to enjoy it.

Also he stated that, dome of the crop of leaders in the country may die before the country enjoy true and real democracy.

While speaking at the event, Ondo state Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, who represented the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said that the recognition of June 12 as democracy day was commendable and therefore expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari got the recognition, and he also urged Nigerians to do everything to sustain democracy.

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