Change in Nigeria alters Democracy Day perception
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A MAJORITY of Nigerians believes a change in government has made Democracy Day worth celebrating.
This is according to findings of a survey done by a regional polling firm, that suggested 81 percent adult Nigerians were of the opinion that the 2015 Democracy Day was worth celebrating.
These cited a change in government (39 percent) made the day worth celebrating. Others cited “positive change”(11 percent) and “election of a sincere President” (11 percent) as the main reasons for the relevance of the 2015 Democracy Day celebration.
According to the polling agency, NOIPOlls, these perceptions therefore suggest that the 2015 electoral process as well as the transition in government shaped the perception of Nigerians towards the 2015 Democracy Day, thus creating a positive outlook on the essence of democracy in Nigeria.
However, 19 percent of the respondents were of the opinion that the 2015 Democracy Day was not worth celebrating; mainly because they believe it is “a waste of time due to the level of hardship in the country.”
On May 29, the country celebrated its 17th anniversary of democratic rule, which also capped the transition of power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress.
NOIPOlls conducted the opinion poll was conducted in the week starting May 25.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls stated.
– CAJ News
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