Senator Hope Uzodimma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State in the last elections and chairman of the Southern Senators’ Forum (SSF), has urged Nigerians not to despair in the face of the daunting economic and socio-political challenges but to remain steadfast for the country’s democracy to endure.
“No democratically elected government will intentionally hurt the voters that put it into office and APC under President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to the welfare of Nigerians. The current challenges facing the country are temporary,” he stated.
Uzodimma, in a goodwill message to Nigerians at this year’s Presidential Inauguration Day, noted that it was by deliberate choice that the nation chose presidential democracy as the best form of government because it is representative and participatory.
According to him, regardless of its limitations and challenges, democracy remains the best form of government anywhere in the world as it guarantees freedom of choice and speech and that any system that subverts the will of the people destroys the progress of society.
“No sane society will choose despotism over democracy because, under dictatorship, dissent is met with death or torture”, he stated.
While congratulating Nigerians on the sustenance of democracy, Uzodimma also charged them to use the occasion to reflect on their individual contributions to national development with a view to making more meaningful input in the years ahead.