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Government debunks rumoured cancellation of Democracy Day


Following media reports that this year’s Democracy Day celebration has been cancelled, the Federal Government has denied giving out such information, describing it as a “false and totally misleading news story.”
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sam Nwaobasi, President Goodluck Jonathan will present the mid-term report of his administration, entitled, “Transformation Mid-Term Report: Taking Stock, Moving Forward, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, today, as already announced.
It read in part: “For emphasis, there is no truth in that story. Activities for the 2013 Democracy Day celebration have commenced since Friday with juma’at prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja. This was followed by an inter-denominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has stressed the need for political leaders in the country to close ranks to tackle the challenges facing the country, warning that failure to do so could spell doom for Nigeria.
Interacting with State House Press Corps on Monday, he warned of grave consequences if political leaders fail to halt the growing acrimonies in the land, adding, as a matter of urgency, that leaders should put aside selfish interests and parochial views and do what is right to keep Nigeria one.
“This year’s Democracy Day celebration should not be another day for opposition parties and those who do not have the interest of Nigeria at heart to begin to demonise the President or other political office holders, rather, it should serve as a day when political leaders must reflect on how Nigeria can attain greatness through positive and collective action,” Moro said.
In another development, a cleric has called on relevant authorities and the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to ensure that 60 per cent of the youth population in the country is either appointed or elected into positions of trust in the country.
Addressing newsmen at Bishop’s Court on Monday, the Secretary of Anglican House of Bishops and Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese, Rt. Revd. David Chikezie Okechukwu Onuoha, regretted that politicians of many decades were being recycled in power, stating that it does not portray the country in good light. He asked: “Does it mean we are not progressing?”
Noting that the statistics he got from the Federal Office of Statistics showed the youths to constitute 70 per cent of the nation’s population, he regretted their continual relegation and warned that the issue was aggravating corruption.
“As the major stakeholders in the Nigerian project, the youths should stand up and demand a visible and recognised place in the scheme of things,” he said. “The 30 per cent affirmative action by Nigerian women is yielding good results. Likewise, the youths should make a strong case for 60 per cent of all appointive and elective positions in this country.”

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