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Democracy not yet working in Nigeria after 20 years, says CDD

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The Centre for Democracy and Development on Tuesday raised concerns over present situation of democratic process in Nigeria, saying it is yet to be delivering dividends for Nigerians.

Idayat Hassan, the coordinator of the centre, who stated this in Abuja while briefing journalists at stakeholders’ meeting on twenty years of democracy in Nigeria said because the practice not yet working, Foreign Direct Investments is not encouraged.

“We are not there yet. This twenty-year gives us the opportunity to take stock and the opportunity for us to realize that if we are able to survive 20 years of democracy.

“It’s enough time for citizen to step in and fight, to define the kind of democracy they want and democracy that will deliver development,” she said.

The Centre, however, set agenda for present government of the day in Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is expedient security and economy are tackled in order to make Nigerian environment friendly for investors.

She said, “The economy, security and of course corruption. It is also important to note that the people also have their ideas that they think these issues should be addressed. From a citizen’s point of view, they believe that when you create youths specific jobs and jobs that are sustainable not once in a while.

“You have to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), make the environment very friendly for people to come in and invest in it. Tighten up the noose on agriculture which you can say that it’s part of the achievements of this administration itself. Also get security right because without securing environment, FDI will actually suffer.”

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