Why We Are Celebrating Democracy Day On June 12 – Osinbajo

Why We Are Celebrating Democracy Day On June 12 – Osinbajo

*VP meets Venezuelan Vice President, North Korean Vice Premier at Presidential Villa

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The
Federal Government’s decision to celebrate Democracy Day on June 12
henceforth attest to the Buhari administration’s commitment to
progressive ideals, especially as it relates to the political history of
the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the hint
Tuesday when he received at the Presidential Villa, Mr Aristobulo
Isturiz, the Vice President of Venezuela, who is leading the country’s
delegation to Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration.

Vice President
Isturiz is among world leaders at the head of their countries’
delegation attending Nigeria’s 2019 Democracy Day activities in Abuja.

Explaining
that the Buhari administration believes in resolving some of the issues
around the annulled June 12 1993 presidential election, the Vice
President added that “One of the principal issues, politically, was the
recognition of that election in 1993 which was won by, now late, Chief
MKO Abiola, an important progressive opposition leader. That is why we
are celebrating June 12 as our new Democracy Day. So, we are really very
happy that you are able to share with us a very special event – the
celebration of our new democracy day.”

On deepening ties between
Nigeria and Venezuela, Prof. Osinbajo said “we believe that the
collaboration between our countries in the economy, culture and science,
amongst others, will be useful to our people. We need to do a lot as
there are many areas for potential cooperation including in agriculture,
oil and gas and mining.”

On his part, Vice President Aristobulo
Isturiz spoke on the need for improved cooperation between both
countries including under the auspices of the non-aligned movement,
describing Nigeria as an important mobiliser on the African continent.

In
the same vein, Prof. Osinbajo, in another similar meeting with the Vice
Premier of North Korea, Mr Ri Ryong Nam, said the potentials for an
enhanced cooperation between both countries were enormous.

According
to Prof. Osinbajo, “I agree that we can work out a more dynamic model
of cooperation, especially in agriculture and technology.”

“Food
processing is one major area that we can look into. I hope we will be
able to advance discussions on cooperation in the identified areas, and
there are many other areas where we can deepen this cooperation.”

Vice Premier Ri Ryong Nam congratulated Nigeria on the occasion of the country’s Democracy Day celebration.

He
said DPRK acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Government under
President Buhari to improve the economy and ensure socio-economic
stability.

According to Mr Ryong Nam, “I am moved by the efforts
made by your government to ensure social stability and unity. Your
country has also achieved eye-catching successes, through reforms, in
the economy, making Nigeria a leading economy in the region.”

Source:- Dailypostng

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