Tomorrow is May 29, 2010 another Democracy day and we as usual are awakened to the reality of our Nation being a Democracy we look at our strides in that direction, while many are afraid of the fact that this year could be the last we will celebrate; the best we can do is to hope for better days to come.

Looking at the last one year, we can say that our democracy has been threatened left, right and centre we have had our hearts in our mouth hoping that nothing drastic happens to our Nationhood, Starting with the Amnesty programme to the Health of our formal President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua which lead to his unceremonious stay abroad in Saudi Arabia for Medical attention for about a quarter year.

The trills and intrigues with his absence and the politics with his continued stay abroad, to the Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan being made the Acting President and eventually becoming the President when we lost President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to the cold hands of death on the 5th of May 2010.

Many will bemoan our short comings but we can only expect the best from President Goodluck Jonathan knowing he has been the key to the relative calm in the Niger Delta, which at the moment is our greatest threat to our democracy, We fervently pray that the by this time next year we will be expecting the 4th transition in the present democracy we are now known for.

A lot is to be said about the coming elections and as such we hope to have the best come out as we expect a success from the next general polls, it is the responsibility of all to make a success of the coming Election.

Even the Jos crisis is another to talk about it was man’s inhumanity to man, the evil was so much that I wonder if that land could be healed in a short time of the sorrow, tears and blood that was seen, most alarming was the killing of women and innocent children…my heart still bleed when I remember this.

In our little ways let us play our individual and collective roles in making our democracy work. It is our collective responsibility especially the youth; we should wake up and say no to electoral violence and hooliganism as we need to stake our vote for that candidate we believe can make a change.

In all I say Happy Democracy Day to you!!!

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Don Matete

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