Ango Abdullahi, chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office is the worst since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999.
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He said there has been no evidence of democracy in Nigeria since 2015.
Abdullahi made the statement in an interview with Daily Trust on Saturday, in response to questions on Nigeria’s 21 years anniversary since the return of democracy.
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He said: “I did not believe 29th of May is the Democracy Day for Nigeria. Democracy Day is 1st of October, because that is the day that Nigeria became politically independent from colonial masters.
“If the interpretation of Democracy Day means Nigeria has moved from military to another form of administration, I wouldn’t say that we have moved from military administration to democracy. What we have done was to move from military administration to civilian administration.
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“There is difference between civilian administration and democratic administration. As far as I am concerned we have not enjoyed democratic administration in the last 21 years, including the current period that we are in now.
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“In fact, we have suffered more in terms of less democracy in the last four to five years than any other time in the last 21 years.”