A former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, has condemned the burning of NEC offices in Abia and Plateau states and pockets of violence across the country. He was speaking yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of a 199-page book titled ‘The Legacy of Atiku Abubakar on Nation-Building’ written by Rev. Chukwudi Omordi Eke, Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. “Every Nigeria citizens should be worried about that (violence). It does not matter which party you belong to. Nobody is happy and we should all condemn it,” Mantu said.
Mantu who is also a Board of Trustee (BoT) of the PDP called for attitudinal change among politicians to promote the country’s democracy and development.“Nigeria has a long time of uninterrupted democratic rule from 1999 to 2019 and one would have expected that democratic culture and practice should be deepened by now,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is sad to say that Nigeria has not actually captured the basic principles of democratic practice and political parties lack internal democracy which is the basis of fair leadership,” he said.
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