Lawan claims Nigeria’s democracy has made substantial progress since 1999/ Lawan

Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, claims the country’s democracy has recorded significant progress since 1999.

Nigeria returned to full blown democratic system of government in 1999 after experiencing turbulent moments brought about by years under the military regime.

However, many believed the country has not fared better since its historic return to democracy.

But speaking on Thursday at the 17th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue held in Abuja, the Senate President, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, said Nigerians have enjoyed true democracy in the last 20 years.

“Nigeria has made substantial progress on all counts; we have been steady, determined and forward-looking,” Lawan was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo.

“We have developed to a point where we can look no other way, other than the democratic way. What we now have to do, as we have been doing in the National Assembly, is to perfect the system.

“The point has been severally made that there is no perfect democracy anywhere in the world, but the hallmark of a good democracy is the ability to develop its processes and procedures.”