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Civil society tasks Buhari on security, welfare

 Civil Society Organisations on Sunday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to address the yearnings of Nigerians by ensuring their security and welfare.
The organisations made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
The National Coordinator of the Awake Nigeria Movement, Mr Akanni Iromini, said the best way to nurture the country`s democracy was to prioritise the welfare of the people.
According to him, democracy is basically about people and their wishes.
“President Buhari must consider the feelings and yearning of the people and that is what democracy is all about.’’
Iromini called for an inclusive and collective sponsorship of political office holders to curb corruption in governance.
“The solution to Nigeria’s problems today is to change the way we elect our leaders to positions of authority from money bag political system to collective sponsorship of candidates to positions of authority.
“The people will come together in large numbers per Local Government engaging in discussion and education on good governance and electoral process regularly.
“This will make the people violence-free revolutionaries who will use their votes and that of others to elect genuine representatives who will serve their interest,’’ Iromini said.
Also speaking, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, said that Buhari should prioritise the issue of security.
“My assessment of the one year of this administration is that a lot still has to be done in addressing the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, particularly in the area of security.
“The government must take time to address issues that affect the lives of the average Nigerian, cases of extra-judicial killings and most importantly, the rescue of the abducted Chibok school girls.
“A lot still needs to be done and there is always room for improvement,’’ she said.
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