Democracy now firmly rooted in Nigeria——–Mark ——says we play brother role to other Africa nations
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has affirmed that in spite of the challenges of its birth pains since 1999, democracy is now firmly rooted in Nigeria for good.
Senator Mark told a delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom on a study tour of Nigeria in Abuja today that democracy has been stabilized and all Nigerians appreciates it as the best form of government.
He said: ” I have experienced both military and civilian democracy , I can say without mincing words that democracy is the preferred option and truly the best form of government. We have our challenges , but there is no alternative to democracy .
” All Nigerians and friends of Nigeria must work hard to protect, defend and make democracy thrive in our land.”
He noted that the legislature is the custodian of democracy saying that the Legislature should be given its place of pride in the scheme of things.
Senator Mark lamented over the unabating security challenges in the country pointing out that ” We have fought civil and came back together as one united nation but this new war is daunting and unanticipated . With the collective will of all Nigerians, we shall over come”.
The government he added is leaving nothing to chance in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Further Answering questions from the delegation on Nigeria's relationship with her neighbours, Senator Mark said ” we play big brother role to our neighbors . We don't bully them, even though we have the might but assist them in times of needs.”
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Major General Porter Simon, told the President of the Senate, that the delegation came to Nigeria as part of the study tour of Africa saying that Nigeria , Ghana and Cote D voire were chosen for this year's programme in Africa.
The Royal College of Defence Studies is the senior college of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
It exists to provide the capstone to the strategic education of those officers of the Armed Forces and equivalent civil servants who have the potential to reach the highest ranks and who must therefore understand and be comfortable working at strategic level in a cross-government and international organization.
Paul Mumeh. Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.