By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Nigerians on the commemoration of another June 12 democracy day, saying the country continues to grow on all fronts despite the challenges of nation-building, population bulge, and national security and development.
The governor’s message was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye on Saturday.
“I felicitate Kwarans, and indeed all Nigerians, on this day of June 12 which has come to symbolise the struggle of our people for human rights, participatory democracy, and development.
“Whatever the challenges of nation-building confronting our fatherland, the truth is that we are pacing ahead in all indices of development while institutions of democracy are growing stronger and getting more mature.
“The growing public consciousness around issues of rights and development, the widening space and platforms through which public opinions are ventilated, and the increasingly responsive yet firm leadership underline the fact that we are moving. Even so, we must as a people strike a delicate balance between rights and responsibilities as citizens so that we can always have a country to call our own.
“As we mark another June 12, we should build a consensus around the indivisibility of the Nigerian state and make deliberate efforts, individually and collectively, to make it greater and more prosperous.
“I join Mr. President, my colleague Governors, and our compatriots across the world to pay glowing tributes to all the heroes and heroines of our democracy, dead or alive, sung and unsung, whose toiling had birthed this republic.
“Our responsibility is to continue to face up to the challenges of nation-building, as many great and older nations had done and are still doing, so that we can bequeath a better, stronger, more prosperous, more secure, and more united country to generations unborn,” the governor said.