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TERRIFIC HEADLINES DEMOCRACY DAY SPECIAL

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Civil democratic governance, otherwise known as democracy, has emerged as the most popular form of government. In his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863, one-time American President, Abraham Lincoln described democracy as the Government of the people, by the people, for the people. In this connection, democracy is a system of government that allows every citizen to have equal access to power through legitimate means; and in which all citizens universally enjoy universally recognized freedoms and liberties. Ever since this great political discovery, representative democracy has grown in leaps and bounds which not less that -seventy-five percent of the population of the world embracing this political culture. The major strength of democracy lies in its recognizing the fact that the people are the key components of governance and their wishes, feelings and aspirations must also be taken into consideration in the scheme of things. Democracy, as widely understood today connotes a form of political activity. The social and theoretical context of the word, however, makes it imperative for certain minimum conditions to be fulfilled before any given society could be safely described as a democratic society. On this occasion of the Year 2018 Democracy Day, TERRIFIC HEADLINES brings into your homes Prof. Akin Mabogunjes discourse of 2011, which is still very much relevant today and could assist the citizenry in embracing the right political culture. It is a piece that readers will find very interesting and inspiring. We encourage you to create the time to go through the piece below which is all about democracy. It is a MUST READ by all who love Nigeria dearly. PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE: WHAT CAN WE, THE PEOPLE DO? By: Professor Akin L. Mabogunje, CON What is democratization and good governance? Democratization, I suggest, is the process of fostering and enhancing democracy or democratic culture among a people or in a nation. At a very simplistic level, it can be understood as entailing no more than holding periodic elections to choose or determine the leaders and representatives of a people. It could even be extended to include holding such elections in the context of a multi-party system of government. However, a more serious examination of the concept of democratization emphasizes that it is truly a way of life, a culture or an all-pervasive system of organizing the affairs of any society that ensures an all-inclusive mobilization of its members in the operations of all of…

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