ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, says that Nigeria has advanced as a liberal democratic state.
The VON DG stated this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to him, the democratic system allows for checks and balances which reduces the rate of impunity in the country.
He said also that liberal democracy emphasizes the separation of powers, an independent judiciary and a system of checks and balances between branches of government.
On the other hand, multi-party systems with at least two persistent, viable political parties are characteristic of liberal democracies.
“For those who do not agree that we’ve advanced, I do not blame them, for them, they think that democracy is a revolution.
“Democracy is not a revolution, all these growth and advancements that took place in democracy were incremental.
“If it’s when Buhari was military head of state, he doesn’t need to go to the National Assembly to bargain for the budget, all he needed was to sit somewhere and the thing moves on.
“But because liberal democracy is founded on freedom, the values of a liberal state is that the left should know what the right hand is doing, and the right should know what the left is doing.
“That’s why we have the parliament that provides checks and balances, the checks and balances can delay the speed of governance,” he said.
Okechukwu noted that over time, the electoral process in the country has improved from what was obtained in 1999.
“There has been a lot of improvement, yes, there are challenges, and there are flaws because we’re all human beings,” he said.
Okechukwu added that during the just concluded elections, a commercial motorcycle operator got elected while sitting governors lost their bids to get into the chambers.
He said such occurrences, which happened in some parts of the country during the elections, were a tremendous leap for strong democratic values and ethos.