Throughout the vast number of nations around the world, many have fought for their political rights and beliefs. Over time, and through the efforts of the people, nations become what they have endeavored to achieve.
Nigeria’s democratic government
For the country of Nigeria, the struggle for freedom took many years of perseverance to achieve. As political powers constantly changed hands, it wasn’t until the return of democracy in Nigeria on May 29, 1999, that Democracy Day was established as a national holiday throughout the land.
Since then, democratic parties have elected their officials and made progressive efforts to create a free society in which people can share and express their ideas and speak freely about them. With this great step, freedom has reached the hearts of each individual, cultivating new ideas and ways of helping their nation and those around them.
A great day for freedom
For Nigeria, this celebration is much like Independence Day for the United States, Russia Day for the Russia, or Fiestas Patrias for Mexico. The people gather together to celebrate their freedom, like many other countries throughout the world.
The difference between many countries like the United States and Nigeria is that the celebration is not about independence from outside forces or other nations, but rather is the celebration of the achievement of freedom from those that oppressed from within the very country. The structure of the democratic parties allows for the people to choose the direction they want to move in, giving the power back to the people. And that is where the celebration starts.
Take a moment to celebrate your democracy
You can start by playing your part to help stimulate your economy. Ask yourself what things you can do to work with the surrounding community.
Many Nigerians support their churches, embracing one of the many democratic rights they have. Others take an active interest in the surrounding political communities. Here their words can influence others to become active in the direction of their nation. You can help create value in your community by raising awareness of democracy and how it benefits the people.
It is also important to take the time to remember those that have made great sacrifices in the pursuit of freedom. Soldiers, both past and present, have played an essential role in not only achieving, but also protecting the hopes and dreams of the people.
For those who have relocated to other countries, it is still important to take the time to remember your heritage and share your beliefs with a new community. In many countries, democracy has become a solid state of political stature and plays an essential part in governing bodies. Celebrating Democracy day doesn’t stop when you leave your homeland of Nigeria, it travels with you and should be shared with others around the world.
Patriotism to your homeland is always appreciated, regardless of where you have moved to or are maybe just visiting for a time. Though many people travel and settle in countries across oceans and continents, you can never forget who you are and where you came from. Staying in contact is one of the first steps to remembering those that share your culture and belief in freedom. International calling services provide the easiest access to friends and family, regardless of where you or they may be in the world. Through a prepaid international calling service, you can always keep in touch with your heritage and culture, wherever you may travel to in the world.
As the ascent democracy nears its 13 years of practice in Nigeria, there is great cause for celebration amongst those who appreciate the freedom and hope that their nation has given them. The opportunity to speak your mind and make a difference in what direction the country as a whole will move, whether it is internally economic or through associations with countries around the world. People, regardless of their relative locations should all take a moment to celebrate the freedom and strength to the people that democracy provides. And though we all have our own unique ways of celebrating, be it fireworks or making a difference in our communities, democracy is something we all can celebrate today.
**Photograph “Nigeria Flag Northumberland Avenue” by Dennoir under Creative Commons Attribution