By Ikora Ayungbe, Uyo
The speaker, in his good will massage to Nigerians as the country marks 20th anniversary of civil rule and inauguration of elected politicians, urged politicians to see the need to ensure that the man on the street gets his fair share of the dividends of the hard fought and won democracy.
Luke, who is the member-elect Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, stressed that, “our country and the leadership need to wake up to the fresh challenges of leadership in a democratic society. We need to collaborate across party lines; we need to be more patriots than politicians.
“The killings and extreme insecurity across Nigeria for instance must be addressed quickly. Poverty and lack must be fought with little consideration for what is politically correct in the course of that fight.
“Democracy is no democracy if the citizens cannot access the dividends which democracy accrues”.
He reiterated the need for a bi-partisan approach to addressing the myriads of challenges facing the nation at this time, while expressing the hope that political leaders will find the courage to lead with a more patriotic spirit and commitment to the overall wellbeing of the nation.
According to Luke, “For 20 years, our people have persistently expressed profound faith in popular governance despite the many negatives confronting us. Today we enjoy the privileges which come with democracy but not without some hard price for them.
“What is, however, important in the journey is not the challenges which we face as we experiment representative governance, but the leadership lessons learnt and how much these lessons will impact democracy in our country the next 20 years and beyond.”
He congratulated the president, the vice president and the Aka Ibom governor on their emergence in the election.
On the governor, specifically, he said “I am positive that he will, above all, continue to protect the democratic ideals such as political inclusion which is one of the cherished hallmarks of the politics of Akwa Ibom state under his leadership. I believe that the effulgence of Godly leadership will be fully manifest as we aim for a greater Akwa Ibom state in the new dispensation.” Luke stated.