BY SOLA OGUNTOYE
As today marks the twenty first anniversary of transition from sixteen years military rule to democratic rule in Nigeria, Shola Oguntoye reviews the nation’s democratic experiences since 1999.
Celebrating twenty one years of democratic rule in the country without military incursion since1999 till date is cheering for many Nigerians and call for celebration
The transition beginning with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 is still being sustained under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on the country’s democractic experience , Futa public relations officer, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo submitted that twenty one years of democratic experience in the nation actually called for an applause
Mr Adegbenro who was a former Editor with a national news magazine however expressed reservation over the nation’s weak institutions noting that such could be detrimental to democratic development.
Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo opined that certain expectations of the masses in the areas of press freedom among others had been met under democratic dispensation but hinted that expectations of the masses were still high in relation to other dividends of democracy.
On his part, a public affairs analyst, Mr Ayo Moradeyo expressed dismay over the culture of vote buying which he said was not healthy for democratic advancement.
Other respondents who spoke with radio Nigeria emhasized on strengthening Democratic institutions in the country.