As we mark the 2018
Democracy day of our dear country Nigeria and the 3rdyear
anniversary of the President Muhamadu Buhari led, All Progressives Congress
administration, I would like to thank all Nigerians for your support this far.
Your constructive criticism, your alternative opinions, your support for the
institutions and policies of government and prayers have been the needed
impetus for those of us in government to do more. 

In the past 3 years, the
Buhari/Osinbajo led government has reconstructed a foundation of socio-economic
growth and development founded on the ideals of our constitution (Unity and
Faith, Peace and Progress) and the ideals of our party.  

We are gradually beginning
to experience prudence and attitudinal change in public service, a stiff fight
against corruption, massive infrastructural development particularly in the
areas of rails, roads, power and housing. There is also a sincere battle against
insecurity and a commitment to creating a country that holds the promise of a
secure future for our teeming young population. 

In this final lap of this
administration’s first term, I think it would be wise for Nigerians to realise
that Democracy is founded on people representation and a balance of opinion on
one hand as well as establishment of strong institutions on the other. In
essence, we must continue to engender the National conversation with a view to
ensuring that our aggregate opinions are always represented and the sanctity
our National Institutions are always protected.  The key to this is

Consequently, as we
gravitate towards the political season I urge all Nigerians to participate
actively in the entire process. Please be reminded that participation is as
much a duty as it is a right. We must therefore all be invested in ensuring
that the solid foundations built by this administration are consolidated upon.

As I conclude, I urge all
Nigerians to remember that sustainable development can only be achieved in an
atmosphere of peace. We must therefore come together to ensure that there is no
hiding place for criminals seeking to destabilise this country through
bloodletting and violence. 

Happy Democracy day Nigeria,
together we can do more.


Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa