Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday attributed Nigeria’s 20 years of unbroken civil rule to the citizens’ determination to make democracy work, despite the nation’s challenges.
Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, expressed the conviction that with the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for another four-year term, “Nigerians would witness a higher level of development and prosperity in the next four years.”
The governor made his position known in a congratulatory message made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode.
“Now, the task of taking Nigeria to a higher level of development and prosperity has begun. We wish Mr President and our governors a successful and impactful tenure,” he said.
Fayemi described the inauguration of the President and the governors as a “positive development and a demonstration of the collective wishes of the Nigerian people for the entrenchment of democracy in the country.”
He congratulated his fellow governors, returning and newly elected, who were inaugurated in 29 states as well as Nigerians for their determination to make things work.
Fayemi had last week emerged as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said, “Today (May 29) is significant in so many ways. The President and the Vice President are taking oath of office for a second term in office, just as returning and newly elected governors are being inaugurated in 29 states. This has been the tradition since 1999.
“As a people, we have every reason to be happy as we witness 20 years of unbroken democratic governance in our country. We owe this to the commitment and determination of the Nigerian people, who have come to see democracy as the most viable option.
“So, while we say big congratulations to the President, the Vice President and the governors, the biggest congratulations go to the Nigerian people – the true heroes of our democracy.”
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