THE European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) have listed the gains of democracy to Nigeria and promised to assist towards deepening those benefits.
In statement signed by its cohort members, on Monday in Abuja, to mark Democracy Day, EU-SDGN stated that the country’s democracy was still growing but despite challenges “it has brought with it many gains.”
The cohort, which comprises 16 civil society groups, congratulated Nigerians for the strides along democratic path that the country has made since 1999.
They noted further that the democracy day is a reminder “of how far the country has come since June 12, 1993 and underlines the significant progress and achievements of democracy in the country.”
EU-SDGN pledged “to continue to work assiduously towards strengthening Nigeria’s democracy and deepening the gains that come with it.
The cohort said some strides achieved included inclusivity and upholding principles of good governance, respect of human rights and rule of law, which are fundamental pillars of democracy globally.
EU-SDGN cohort called on relevant stakeholders, including government, political parties, civil societies, and citizens, to continue upholding democratic principles and protecting democratic gains, which are critical condiments for fostering sustainable development in Nigeria.
It further noted that “through funding by the European Union, EU-SDGN has been working to reinforce democracy by providing support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Others are National Assembly, Judiciary, political parties, media, women, youth and persons with disabilities and civil society organisations.”
Through EU’s interventions, the programme has provided capacity-building to strengthen democratic institutions, civil society organizations and promoted accountability in government institutions, while increasing the engagement of citizens in participatory democracy.
The cohort include DAI Global, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Yiaga Africa, Kukah Centre, International Press Centre, Institute for Media and Society, ElectHER, and TAF Africa.
Others are Nigerian Women Trust Fund, National Peace Committee, SOS Children’s Villages, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Justice Development and Peace Initiative, and Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre. (NAN)