On Saturday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, called on Nigerians to stand up for democracy as the country observes 2021 Democracy Day.
Tinubu made the announcement in a Friday celebratory address to the country.
Democratic good governance, according to the APC chairman, provides solutions to national concerns.
Regardless of the obstacles that Nigerians face, he urged them to fight for democracy.
“Democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria.
“Thus, we must stand for democracy today. We must stand for it, even more, tomorrow,” he said.
In addition, the former governor of Lagos State advised Nigerians to oppose anything that could jeopardize democracy.
He exhorted them to oppose those who engage in insurgency and violence, as well as those who profit from bigotry and prejudice.
“We contend against those who would render the people ignorant and poor.
“We celebrate Democracy Day not only because we have come far but to help give us the social fuel and encouragement to continue onward because we have farther to go and even greater things to achieve as one nation and one people,” Tinubu said
The APC leader asked Nigerians to recall MKO Abiola, whose victory in the presidential election on June 12, 1993, was allegedly “stolen.”
“Abiola stood steadfast and gave up his life so that we may all enjoy the democratic victory that was stolen away from him,” he said.
TInubu stated that the nation’s Democracy Day would not have been announced without Abiola’s historic efforts and sacrifices.
He asked Nigerians to remember those who had made great sacrifices to bring democracy to the country.
“We best honour these people not by reciting their names but by injecting the spirit and hope of democracy into our words and deeds.
“In becoming better democrats, we also become better at being Nigerians.
“I wish all of you a meaningful and happy Democracy Day,” he said.
Nigeria’s Democracy Day is now celebrated on June 12 instead of May 29 each year, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN