Dr Eric Kelechi-Igwe, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State
Dr Eric Kelechi-Igwe, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi has urged the three arms of government to synergise to formulate viable, enduring strategies that would accelerate development
Kelechi-Igwe made the appeal in a goodwill message he released in Abakaliki on Friday to mark the 2020 Democracy Day a copy was made available to our correspondent.
The deputy gov. said that democracy thrived when institutions of governance work in harmony for the overall development of the society.
He said that synergy among the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government were needed to build a strong, virile and enduring development.
He also commended Nigerians across ethnic, religious and political divides for their resilience and commitments in working to actualize the Nigeria that the founding fathers fought for.
“I must commend the resilient spirit of Nigerians and urge the three arms of government to formulate viable and enduring strategies that will accelerate development of our nation without compromising the principles of separation of power.
“I am most delighted to on behalf of my family applaud the entire Nigerians on the occasion of the 2020 Democracy Day.
“Today marks another mile stone in the nation’s political sphere as we celebrate the entrenchment of democracy and its benefits in the last 21 years .
“I must commend the resilient spirit of Nigerians and urge the three arms of government to formulate viable and enduring strategies that will accelerate development of our nation without compromising the principles of separation of powers.
“The end of military hegemony and return of democracy in 1999, has put the country on the part of justice, liberty and egalitarianism.
” This accounts for why Nigerians are holding their shoulders high on this 21 democratic years of our Nationhood.
“On this occasion, I most sincerely congratulate the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President , Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for proficiently steering the ship of governance,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari
He applauded the Buhari led Federal Government (FG) for the unrelenting fight against the deadly novel Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
Kelechi-Igwe commended Gov. Dave Umahi for his administration’s commitment prociding democracy dividends through human empowerment, infrastructure development and revolutionizing agricultural practice for increased food production .
“Apart from the liberty and democratic trappings offered by the return to civilian rule, Ebonyi has a lot to celebrate under the watchful eyes of Gov Umahi.
“This includes but not limited to the construction of Fly over Bridges, Urban and Rural road infrastructure with concrete pavement, on going construction of international cargo airport, Olympic Stadium.
“Urban Renewal , completion of International Market and Human Empowerment are part of the numerous gains of democracy achieved by the governor.
“The proactive approach adopted by the governor at this exigent time of global pandemic known as COVID-19 stands him out as a patriotic leader with fanaticism to protect the lives of his people, ” he added.
The number two citizen of Ebonyi also congratulated Mrs Rachel Umahi, wife of the governor whom he described as a driving force for Women emancipation and Empowerment.
He noted that Mrs Umahi’s Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation has become a catalyst in promoting the cause of Ebonyi women.
He also felicitated with chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state including; Chief Austin Umahi, the PDP South-East vice chairman, Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi state PDP chairman among others.
Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo in May 29 after his inauguration as the second elected civilian president approved May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day to mark the end long years of military dictatorship.
However, Buhari in 2019 moved the date from May 29 to June 12 to immortalize Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.