From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
Youth Coalition for Development (YCD) held a solidarity Rally in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari on yesterday as the nation marked the June 12th Democracy Day.
The youths who gathered at the entrance to the Unity Fountain in their numbers carried placards with inscription like: ‘I am Nigerian, I am resilient, I will win, ‘Protests, Revolution, is not the solution, ‘Chaos does not help, Nigeria is the cornerstone of Africa’s greatness,’ and ‘The history is clear, Democracy always wins in the end not orchestrated chaos through protests.”
The area was fully drafted with large number of police to ensured that there is peace.
Some of the protesters who spoke with Daily Sun insisted that they are not in support of any political party but are out to say that protest is the only language that political governments listen to,so Nigerians should be allowed to exercise their freedom.
Audu Ibrahim one of the protesters said that the president had really done well by setting aside today as democracy day but insisted that Nigeria is not been ran like a democratic nation.
He said ” we are here to celebrate Nigeria as a democratic nation but when you critically observe the country, you will agree with me that we are not operating a democratic government.
“It is only in a bad governance that the rulers would be afraid of protest. It is said that protest is the best language through which the masses speak to the government but in Nigeria, protest is seen as a crime. It is time for our leaders to change perception and give us , listening ears.
” We the youths are really suffering. We are Ina digital world and the twitter ban has rendered many youths jobless adding to the high rate of unemployment on ground. I plead with our leaders to have a rethink.
Martin Igwe said they are out to celebrate because Nigeria is still one.” We are here to celebrate because it is democracy day. It is popularly said that the worse political government is the best military regime. Leadership is not the duty of only the leaders,we all need to contribute our own quote to get a best Nigeria of our dreams.
” We are celebrating because today we still have our own democratic government. We will continue to support the unity of this nation. This is not a politically motivated protest, every party is represented here,we will continue to pray for God to help those in governance to know the truth and lead us aright.
Meanwhile,the convener , president Youth Coalition For Development, Comrade Aminu Aminu applauded president Muhammadu Buhari for naming June 12 as democracy day, describing the decision as a historic one.
Aminu added that it was gratifying to know that Buhari recognises the strident struggles of pro-democracy campaigners and did not allow it to go in vain.
He said” June 12 is a waterside in the annals of Nigeria’s democracy history. It is a day to celebrate the beginning of consistent and ideological struggle that eventually birth a foundation for democratic renaissance that Nigeria is now building.After 26 years of advocacy, Buhari courageously gave this day the significance it deserves. This government has really done well compared to others and we stand with Buhari.”