Democracy: Osuji celebrates with mixed feelings

It was a former United States President , Abraham Lincoln who posited that : ” Democracy is government of the people by the people and for the people ” .
In the spirit of Democracy Day , a Frontline governorship aspirant in Imo State under Mass Action Joint Alliance Party , Chief (Barr) Aloysius Osundu Osuji celebrates with ndi Imo and the nation the commemoration of this auspicious day ; a landmark event which heralds the return of duly elected government in the country in 1999.
According to him, with the ongoing rape of justice and ambush of democracy in Nigeria where life and properties are not adequately protected through insecurity ; where some state governors do not obey court orders ; where winners of elections are robbed through rigging and snatching of ballot papers , one has to do a thorough reappraisal as to what extent our democracy has provided veritable defining moment in our collective march to greatness and nationhood .
It is on this premise that Barr Osuji ; a renowned International Lawyer and governorship hopeful in the forthcoming 2019 Guber race in the state has enjoined our leaders to make democracy what it ought to be .
He however , frowned at the current quasi Democratic practice being experienced in Nigeria by Nigerians  after 19 solid years of the enthronement of Democratic rule against military dictatorship .
He expressed deep reservation over the clamping down of pressure groups , the organised labour unions , opinion moulders , social critics while branding a socio-political and rights groups as terrorists groups against International best practice as enshrined in the United Nations peace pact .Barr Osuji , Imo State born International construction lawyer and Human Rights Advocate further expressed nostalgic over the intimidation and subsequent suspension of four FUTO students union leaders who within the confines of the law embarked on a peaceful protest in what they termed indiscriminate increase in tuition fees.
The governorship hopeful maintained in strong terms that the government of the day both at Federal and state levels should allow individuals , students union bodies , labour and the professionals to freely hold opinions and express their inalienable right to freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria .  He however , condemned the wanton arrest , intimidation , unlawful detention and the harrasemnet of individuals whose opinions contradict with the policies of the government by its security agencies .
He therefore , advised ndi Imo and Nigerians to reject any government and political aspirants that will not give room for constructive criticism wherein the interest of the general public is protected . He added that one of the dividends of democracy is that people should be allowed to hold opinions and such opinions should also be savoured with facts.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri, he advised the government and its functionaries in the state to undergo some disciplinary course as to be tolerant of how to accommodate critics and Journalists with varying opinions on how the state is governed .
The MAJA guber hopeful also advised Imo youths to be law-abiding and remain good ambassadors of the state while praying for the true heroes of democracy who laid down their lives in the cause of championing the crusade for the democracy we celebrate today .
As ndi Imo and the entire nation prepare for another election season , Chief Osuji advised them to be meticulous in selecting who governs them and to reject the recycling of old politicians that have kept Imo in this sorry state it is today .
In his words, MAJA party is the only alternative and credible political party that respects the rule of law , promising to reform the existing quasi democracy experienced in Nigeria with particular emphasis in Imo State .

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