A political pressure group, Grassroots Network for True Democracy has urged Nigerians to actively participate in activities leading up to the 2023 general elections rather than sit on the fence.
Convener of the group, Mrs Charity Nwaeke gave the charge while speaking with newsmen following the group’s strategic meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Thursday.
Nwaeke noted that only participatory democracy could help Nigeria overcome her present challenges.
She called on grassroots politicians to adequately sensitise the local populace to heighten Nigerians’ interest in her democracy and ensure greater participation in electioneering activities.
“We must no longer sit on the fence as though we were mere observers. The 2023 general elections will provide another opportunity for Nigerians to reaffirm our belief in our democracy through active participation.
“Politicians at all levels, especially the grassroots, must rise to the moment. We must galvanize interest and support for our democratic system. That way, we can hope to achieve the Nigeria of our collective dreams,” she said.
The national secretary of the group, Mr John Madufor, called on Nigerians to rise to the occasion of the elections and decide their future using an objective analysis of their past and present.
He advised Nigerians to go to the polls in 2023 with the aim of returning the country to its rightful place in the comity of nations.
“It is time to open our eyes and think of the future of our children yet unborn. What kind of Nigeria are we willing to bequeath? Politicians must think of us as Nigerians not as members of a political party,” he said.
Also, the state secretary of the group, Mr Kenneth Tochukwu said that it was galvanizing interest in and support for the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the elections.
He called on members of the group and Nigerians at large to legitimately get political bargaining power through active participation in the electioneering process.
In the same vein, Youth Leader Francis Agim thanked Nigerian youths for keeping faith with the nation’s democracy.
He added that with the group’s leadership led by Nwaeke, Nigerian youths would successfully “take back our country.”