The Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has pardoned nine inmates serving prison terms i to mark Democracy Day.
He also has praised the courage and desire of the citizenry to allow democracy to thrive after two decades of uninterrupted process.
Fintiri commended the electorates for trusting him with their mandate, noting, “We will continue to ensure we keep to our promise, a government that is a progressive instrument of the common good, rooted in our values of opportunity, responsibility, determined to give our people the tools they need to make the most of their lives in a difficult period made worst by the dwindling economic hardship.”
He stressed that democracy is at the heart of addressing the defining challenges of the times with rising regional agitations, insecurity, poverty level coupled by the COVID-19 pandemic that has slowed down socio-economic activities across the world.
While commending the people for keeping faith with the government, he said, “Our desire to strengthen democracy and give it its true meaning informed the investment we are making in the social reingineering of the State through the provision of infrastructure and human capital development needed to unlock the growth and development of the Adamawa of our dream.
“The projects spread across the state represents the value and meaning of Democracy Day”.
The Governor urged the citizens of the state to rally around his government so as to build a strong and virile Adamawa dream of every Adamawa person.
He added, “How we fare as a state in these turbulent times depends upon what we do as a state today”.
While promising not to betray the trust of the people, he vowed as a democrat to stand as a beacon for democracy and human liberty, adding that it informed the push towards building strong institutions for the future aimed at easing the plight of the people and the hardships in rural communities.
He, however, said that he is worried over the unfortunate situation where cynics have refused to see anything good in the development drive of the administration.
“It’s not time to exhibit the crab mentality of pulling down those working to move the State forward, but a time to keep and nurture Democracy.
“Today, we celebrate the return to civil rule, the restoration of our dignity, and the democratic resilience we have built over the last two decades.”