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Democracy Day in Nigeria is a day set aside since the year 2000 To commemorate the 1999 return to civil rule.

This year the Jonathan Led administration has announced the cancellation of Democracy day celebrations citing the "country's current Mood" as a reason. This was confirmed by The interior minister - Abba Moro.

 Moro Said “There won’t be any celebration to mark this year’s Democracy Day; it will simply be marked with a national broadcast by the President. It will also involve a symposium where the challenges before the country would be X-rayed.

“The celebration was not cancelled; It is low-key because of the mood of the country.”

This is the first time the ceremony will be shelved since its commencement 12 years ago.
The obvious reason for the cancellation we all know is probably the current security risk (Boko Haram menace.)

You might recall that two bombs exploded on October 1st 2010 near the Eagle Square where Nigeria's 50th anniversary celebrations took place.

The President's Speech to mark Democracy Day 2012
Tune in to radio / TV stations At 8AM - Tuesday morning for the Nationwide Broadcast / speech by President Good Luck Jonathan.

President Jonathan may address key issues such as insecurity, the proposed electricity tariff hike, his rumoured 2015 re-election bid and the Boko Haram menace. (His previous speeches are said to have been pre-recorded).

Happy Democracy Day Nigeria!!!


Democracy Day Speech By GoodLuck Jonathan
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 04:40 PM »
Mixed reactions trailed the announcement that GEJ will be giving a national broadcast addressing major issues affecting The Country.

Only 5 minutes into the speech the social networks and political analyst seemed to have heard enough. Little did they know that more 55 minutes of Rambling awaits them.

Out of the 1 hour speech, what I can remember is that the University of Lagos Has been renamed to Moshood Abiola University  in recognition of his laudable contribution and sacrifice in securing Nigeria's Democracy. LASU to MAU..
As My Friend Jide the Ogbonge blogger said: "Students slept in Unilag and Woke up in Moshood Abiola University, what a miracle. Nigeria President GoodLuck Jonathan is full of surprises."

President Jonathan in his speech emphasized that Nigeria's Democracy is Stable, and has a Bright future.

The speech summarized the journey so far, and even more promises. Some are:

The completion of work at the Port harcourt refinery before the end of this year! Followed by Warri refinery and others.

30% Special employment allocation for women!

Overseas scholarships to first class graduates to help advance Nigeria's Technology market and subsequent Space Travel...

The Boko Haram menace was addressed by the President only 55 minutes into his speech!!!
I thought the safety of lives and property was supposed to be the FIRST issue the President should have spoken about.

For the sake of patriotism and respect for the presidency, we're not even going to talk about the grammatical blunders made during the 1 hour speech.

Happy Democracy Day!

« Last Edit: May 29, 2012, 07:24 PM by Briggz5d »


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