Plateau State, June 12, 2023 – The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, has extended warm congratulations to the people of Plateau on the occasion of the 2023 Democracy Day celebration. In a goodwill message delivered to mark the day, Governor Mutfwang called on citizens to embrace the fundamental democratic values of tolerance, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.
Highlighting the significance of democracy, Governor Mutfwang described it as the best form of government that focuses on enhancing the well-being of citizens and entrusts the power of choosing leaders to the people. He emphasized that democracy goes beyond mere elections, emphasizing the importance of upholding the rule of law, respecting human rights, and involving citizens in the decision-making process.
Governor Mutfwang took the opportunity to reflect on the historical context of Democracy Day, which also commemorates the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections. He acknowledged the 1993 elections as the most credible and freest in Nigeria’s history and expressed deep concern over their annulment. He urged citizens to protect democratic principles and uphold the will of the people.
Calling for unity and progress, Governor Mutfwang encouraged the people of Plateau State to work together in building a fair, just, and inclusive society where every citizen has a voice and a stake in shaping a brighter future. He called for gratitude to God for preserving their lives and emphasized the importance of living together in peace and harmony.
Addressing the pressing security challenges facing the state, Governor Mutfwang acknowledged the need for healing and divine intervention. He lamented the unprovoked attacks by invaders that have inflicted pain and hardship, threatening the heritage of the land. To address these security concerns, the governor announced the appointment of a Special Adviser on Security and Homeland Safety, who will leverage their skills and expertise to provide effective solutions.
Governor Mutfwang also stressed that democracy is not solely about holding elections or forming a government; it is about ensuring the voices of the people are heard and their needs, particularly regarding security, are met. The governor reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to promoting the welfare and security of all citizens and residents of Plateau State.
As Democracy Day is celebrated across the nation, Governor Mutfwang concluded by extending his warm wishes to everyone. It is a day to reflect on the journey so far, appreciate the gift of life, and renew the resolve to work together for the peace,