Nigeria’s democracy not ‘irreversible,’ Fayemi warns

Two Nigerian state governors on Friday in the United Kingdom assessed 20 years of democracy in Nigeria and returned a verdict that much remains to be done to secure the system in the country.

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, warned that “there is nothing irreversible about democracy in Nigeria,” while his Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, said Nigeria needs strong institutions, not strong men.

Mr Fayemi said the democratic system is yet to take deep root in the country despite 20 years of uninterrupted practice.

He said democracy is much more than regular elections, an area in which he said the country has done well in the last 20 years.

The two governors spoke as guest speakers at a conference on Nigeria’s 20 years of democracy held at the Blavatnik School of…

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