Nation’s Democracy, a Shared Responsibility – IHRC

The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) extends its heartfelt congratulations to Nigerians on this momentous occasion of Democracy Day, celebrated today, June 12.

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Duru Hezekiah

Recognizing that insufficient cooperation is integral to the failure to systematically encroach on democratic freedoms, the IHRC emphasizes the significance of shared responsibility in sustaining a nation’s democracy.

In a resolute message conveyed by the Ambassador-at-Large and Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the International Human Rights Commission to Nigeria, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Duru Hezekiah, Nigerians were urged to embrace the 2024 Democracy Day with solidarity, focusing on building open, responsive, and accountable institutions and processes. By doing so, they can have the opportunity to participate in and influence how they are governed.

“This fight is a shared responsibility. Actors of democracy agree that it requires inter-agency cooperation among state governments as well as transnational cooperation. It also depends on effective joint work among a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector,” Dr. Duru stated.

Dr. Duru noted that countries with democratic freedoms are more prosperous, peaceful, and stable, and their citizens can enjoy their fundamental rights. He urged Nigerians to cooperate with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to achieve the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’.

“I envision a new Nigeria where everyone is provided for, where we live as one without violence; a new Nigeria where the rule of law is upheld over political favoritism, and where human rights and lives are strongly protected,” he maintained.

“Remember, the attack against you only indicates the potential within you. Good days are ahead of us as a nation with great potential, and together we can achieve it. Happy Democracy Day!”

Reported by: Fidelis Onakpoma
Head of Media and Strategic Communications, IHRC Nigeria


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