Some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have urged political office holders to redeem their electioneering promises as the country marks 15 years of democracy.
The lawmakers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in telephone interviews on Thursday in Lagos that all arms of government should be involved in transforming the country.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Taiwo Kolawole, said that the country’s democracy was improving, in spite of the challenges facing the country.
Kolawole said that leaders must be ready to focus more on community development in terms of road construction and provision of other infrastructure that would make the electorate to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“People are now becoming conscious about development because the game is changing and it is changing very fast.
“We are in democracy now where people are talking about accountability and performances unlike during the military era where there is nothing of such.
“This is the time when the political office holders, leaders and followers should be conscious of developing the country as a result of our democracy.”
The lawmaker also advised the judiciary to discharge its responsibilities diligently and patriotically.
Mr Rotimi Olowo, the Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructures, also charged the Federal Government to provide amenities for the people in order to sustain democracy in the country.
Olowo (APC-Shomolu I) said that the attitude of leaders must be changed, urging them to focus more on national development.
He said that the present democratic system must be able to leave a positive legacy for future generations.
The lawmaker said that Democracy Day should not be regarded as a festive period but should be a day for accountability.
“Democracy day in Nigeria is now becoming like any festive period like Christmas and Sallah that have no meaning to even the practitioners.
“The people that celebrate democracy in Nigeria today are just doing it to celebrate day of liberation where the voices of the masses ought to be heard.
“Democracy really means where you allow the voice of people to reign but some of the leaders are not making good use of the mandate given to them through their actions.
“Democracy is supposed to mean freedom, hope, security and betterment of welfare of the electorate.”
Mr Bisi Yusuf, the Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Industry, appealed to governments at all levels to deliver dividends of democracy to the populace.
Yusuf (APC-Alimosho I) said that 15 years of democratic system in Nigeria was a mixed bag of development and challenges.
President Goodluck Jonathan had in his Democracy Day broadcast, promised to protect the county’s democracy.
“I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability by waging total war against terror,’’ he stated.