The Federal Government on Wednesday said despite the prevailing state of insecurity in parts of the country, it would go ahead to celebrate the Democracy Day on May 29 in a big way.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Maku who had earlier said the council condemned the latest bombings recorded in Kano and Jos insisted that despite the distractions by terrorists, the country had witnessed tremendous developments in all sectors under the present administration.
He said the position of government was that May 29 was a good opportunity to showcase what the government had done in the areas of road construction, aviation, agriculture and other sectors.
He said, “The council today discussed programmes for May 29, the third anniversary of the election of President Jonathan.
“It is also a reminder that our democracy ha come of age and it is in fact the first time in the history of our country that we will be running a democratic system continuously for 15 years.
“In spite of all the distractions of terror which tempt us to loose confidence in ourselves and in our democracy, we believe that in the last four years, the country has witnessed momentus development in all sectors of our economy as a result of the President’s transformation agenda.
“As we witnessed in the road, aviation, agriculture and other sectors, there have been tremendous work on the development of our country in spite of the terror attacks.
“One of the intentions of the terror attacks is to ensure that we turn our attention away from issues of development. We can only defeat terror by deepening democracy and improving in infrastructure.
“In the last four years, the administration has done so much for the economy of Nigeria in terms of investment and support for industries. Today, the economy is growing in spite of all the distractions.
“We believe that May 29 is an opportunity to showcase what the government had done and so the Office of the SGF is coordinating a programme for the commemoration of the Democracy Day.
“The programme will showcase the achievements of this administration in the last four years.
“In addition to that, the Ministry of Information is undertaking sectoral documentaries in all aspects of our development in the last four years. These documentaries would be translated in local languages and aired across the country.”
Maku added that in June, his ministry would start the 2014 edition of the ministerial platform which will be the final edition before the general elections.
This time, he said the ministerial platform would show graphic pictures of achievements of the administration sector-by-sector.
The minister said the continued bombings underlined the need for all Nigerians to unite to confront the attack of terror.