The National Democracy Stakeholders Group (NSDG), a pro-democracy and non-profit organisation, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the 2018 edition of Democracy Solidarity Walk.
NSDGâ€™s Convener, Mr Kletsaint Akor, told newsmenÂ on SundayÂ in Abuja that Buhari would lead the walk scheduled forÂ May 29Â at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
He said that the walk, organised by NSDG in collaboration with state and non-state partners, would also be led by governors in the 36 state capitals across Nigeria.
According to Akor, the walk, which is the fourth edition with the theme â€œWalk for Credible, Free and Fair 2019 Electionsâ€, is expected to attract over 1 million people nationwide.
He said the aim of the exercise is to moblise Nigerians to take ownership of the 2019 electoral process through participation, enlightenment and protection of Nigeriaâ€™s nascent democracy.
â€œThe 2018 edition of the annual Democracy Solidarity Walk will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and the governors in each of the 36 states.
â€œIt is expected to draw participation from all Nigerian democracy stakeholders, including representatives of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), political parties, National Orientation Agency, aspirants to elective political offices.
â€œOthers expected to participate are the media, pro-democracy groups, civil society groups, development partners, students union representatives, non-governmental organisations and ordinary Nigerian citizens whose best interests are served by credible elections,â€™â€™ he said.
The convener recalled that the first Democracy Walk, which took place in May 2009 to celebrate Nigeriaâ€™s first ever 10 years of uninterrupted democratic governance since independence in 1960, drew huge participation.
Akor said the event was marked again in 2013 and 2017, and had grown into a major component of Nigeriaâ€™s annual Democracy Day celebrations as Nigerians had realised that there was no alternative to democracy.
According to him, adequate security will be provided by the Nigeria police and other security agencies throughout the walk. (NAN)