A pro-Democracy non-profit Organisation, Democrats for Good Governance-DGG has challenged Nigerians to live up to their civic responsibilities by being good citizens of the country.

President of the group, Mr. Emmanuel Uche who gave the charge during an Independence Day chat with newsmen in Abuja, made a case for increased citizens' demand for transparency in political and governance process.

Uche, a good governance and pro democracy expert argued that the citizens have a lot of roles to play in the journey towards a greater Nigeria.

He however challenged the country's leadership on good governance and selfless service, describing them as key to the Nigeria of our dream.

“The surest way to building confidence in the people is by showing credible leadership and good governance. The government of this country must take deliberate steps to restore the people's confidence in government. The people must in turn, live up to their civic and social responsibilities, by being good citizens. If in our private lives and endeavours, we decide to do the right thing, change will become contagious and morality a culture.”

He spoke of the need for increased constructive engagement among stakeholders in the political space, a feat he said DGG is out to achieve.

Continuing, Uche charged the present administration to take the war against corruption in the country more seriously, even as he urged the citizens to expose acts of corruption in the society.

He frowned at the failure of religious and traditional institutions in the country in living up to expectation as supposed custodians of morality and challenged them to rediscover themselves in the interest of posterity.

On human capital development, the DGG boss described the high level of unemployment in the country as a time bomb, calling on all sectors of the economy to form a synergy towards addressing it.

He commended the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government for its giant strides in Infrastructure, but scored it low in the war against corruption, urging the President to redouble his efforts in the anti-graft war in Nigeria.

Democrats for Good Governance is a pro-democracy Non-Governmental Organisation working towards achieving a Nigeria where Democracy is non-negotiable and good governance, a culture.

Mr. Emmanuel Uche is also the anti-corruption Programme Manager of the Justice For All, a Programme of the British Council/DFID in Nigeria.

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Articles by Chike Duru